Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3756 times:
I know a Kenya Airways A310 crashed in West Africa, I think on a night flight out of Abidjan. The news at the time was very brief and I was wondering what was the cause of the crash, the results of the investigation and were there any survivors?
The cause listed is in French, and a translation site shows it as:
CAUSE (S) ACCIDENT: "the Board of inquiry concluded that the cause of the accident of flight KQ 431 of January 30, 2000 is a collision with the sea which results from the application by the pilot according to a part of the procedure, while pushing on the handle, to stop the vibrator of handle, following the appearance of an alarm of unhooking as of rotation, whereas the plane was not in real situation of unhooking. Indeed, the FCOM, used by the company indicates that whatever the moment when an alarm of unhooking is met at low altitude (activation of the vibrator of handle), it should be regarded as an immediate threat with the maintenance of a sure trajectory. It specifies that with the first sign of imminent unhooking or the time of the activation of the vibrator of handle, the following actions must be undertaken simultaneously: levers of power in position TOGA, reduction of the plate, setting to horizontal of the wings, checking of the air-brakes in sunken position. The investigations showed that the pilot in function reduced the plate and did not apply power TOGA to the engines. The investigation did not make it possible to highlight that the crew carried out the two other actions: setting with horizontal of the wings and checking of the air-brakes in sunken position. The following elements contributed to the accident: - the action of the pilot in function on the handle put the plane in descent without the crew not realizing there in spite of the advertisements of the radio probe; - alarms of the GPWS which could have alerted the crew of the imminence of a contact with the sea were masked by priority alarms of the overspeed and stall warning indicator, in accordance with the rule of priority of alarms; - the conditions of the takeoff carried out vis-a-vis with the sea and night did not provide external visual references which would have made it possible to the crew to become aware of the direct proximity of the sea
ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2837 times:
Quoting Orion737 (Reply 2): Thanks very much. This was the crash of fairly modern Airbus widebody with a large loss of life yet it got so little coverage, perhaprs because it happened in West Africa, Im sorry to say.
Also due to the fact that it was not dramatic enough and that not a sizeable number of westerners (if any) were killed... So much happens around the rest of the world that we do not hear about it western countries. Good and bad.
Soups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2800 times:
a friend of mine was on that flight he was flying NBO-LOS-ACC, as the flight diverted to ABJ and didnt land in LOS due to bad weather they disembark in ABJ to catch a Ghana Airways flight to ACC instead of LOS as they would miss their flights, they are so lucky to be alive
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