Just on pondering what could take down a brand new plane….

“There was a thunderstorm, but there were other planes that left after [the Kenya Airways flight to Nairobi] that had no problems,” said Thomas Sobatam, head of weather observation at the airport.
“the distress call was issued automatically — “from a machine, not a pilot” — but said a crash is not the only reason a plane issues an automatic distress signal”
whats KQ code of conduct for taking off in a thunderstorm? In most US airports the presence of severe thunderstorms will cause the automatic grounding of all takeoffs….including Air Force One.
Flight number:507 a scheduled flight from Abidjan Airport (ABJ), Ivory Coast to Nairobi (NBO) via Douala (DLA), Cameroon.
The plane departed Douala at 00:05 and was to arrive in Nairobi at 06:15. Contact with the plane was lost.The wreckage has been found and the presumed accident location was unclear for some time. Initial reports said it crashed near Niete (southeast of the coastal town of Kribi), but later search efforts focused on the area around Lolodorf where locals reported hearing an explosion.The plane’s identity was 5Y-KYA, the first of Kenya Airways’ three brand new Boeing 737-800 planes.

The weather over two hours after the accident happened (ca 23:20 Z on May 4) was reported as: severe thunderstorms .
Statistics
2nd loss of a Boeing 737-800
2nd worst accident involving a Boeing 737-800
The worst accident in Cameroon
I am Just thinking out aloud ….. do this planes have a weather handling problem ? cuz a a similar plane (737-800)crashed in the past – NEW PLANE TOO and on BAD WEATHER .. similar to the KENYA AIRWAYS plane which was also brand new …..read on
This accident followed an uneventful flight of returning holiday-makers,
from Lanzarote, Spain, to Shannon, with the landing carried out on Runway 24.
Weather conditions in the approach and landing area showed rain, strong winds and associated turbulence. On landing, the aircraft’s nose wheel assembly
collapsed rearwards. The aircraft continued along most of the length of runway
24 on its nose, finally coming to a halt beyond taxiway Alpha. An evacuation was
carried out.

CRASH CAUSES : “The accident was due to an excessive control column forward input, causing negative pitch attitude which led to a very high impact loading on the nose undercarriage, leading to the severing of the two nose wheels and the collapse of the nose gear strut assembly rearwards. This followed a chain of events, which contributed to the accident including the wind gusts, turbulence, the use of the autothrottle and the decision to land from an unstabilized final approach.”

Follow-up / safety actions:Two Safety Recommendations were issued:SR No. 18 of 2001:

1 -The Operator publish specific maximum crosswind limitations with airfield conditions for their B737.800 aircraft. SR No. 19 of 2001: The Operator reviews
its flight training programme to re-emphasize the following points:

a) The stabilized approach concept, definition and requirements; b) The importance of executing a missed approach if the approach becomes destabilised.; c) The inclusion of a Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA) in addition to CRM training for aircrew

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