Monday, July 29, 2013

► KENYA: Missing Cessna 206F wreckage found in Aberdare forest; no survivors.

The wreckage of a Cessna U206F Stationair (MCN U206-02880 | 5Y-BUG) that disappeared on Thursday July 25 while en-route from Lentille Airstrip in Laikipia, Kenya to Nairobi Wilson Airport, has been found. All 3 persons on board (two American tourists and the pilot Captain Harro Trempaneau) are dead.

Aberdare Forest
The aircraft crashed into the Aberdare Forest in the Kipipiri area after disappearing from radar screens on at 17h00L on Thursday evening. The aircraft was travelling from Lentille on Thursday at 16h00L and was set to land at Wilson airport at 17h25L.

The last known communication from the aircraft was an international call made to South Africa by one of the passengers on board.

The wreckage was found by the Kenya Wildlife Service's Major Alex Koech but he could not immediately engage in a rescue operation.

While the exact cause is still unknown, bad weather in the area is suspected to have been a mitigating factor.
The private aircraft was chartered by Yellow Wings Air Services Ltd based at Nairobi Wilson airport.