investigators state that a preliminary assessment of flight-data recorder
information from the Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 which crashed in May shows no
indication of mechanical problems.
KQ507 came down in a region of swamp, some 5km south-southeast of Douala in Cameroon, on 5 May shortly
after taking off from the city on a service to Nairobi.
None of the 114 occupants survived.
a progress statement on the investigation the Cameroonian civil aviation
authority says that the aircraft’s departure was delayed by about an hour owing
to heavy rain and thunderstorm activity.
aircraft took off from Douala’s
runway 12 at 00:06 after an improvement in the weather. It climbed to a height
of around 3,000ft but, says the authority, for “undetermined reasons” descended
to the civil aviation authority the jet nose-dived into the ground at about a
45° angle. The overall flight time was less than two minutes.
investigation has revealed the aircraft was maintained and certificated in
accordance with applicable civil aviation regulations,” says the authority. “A
preliminary review of the flight-recorder data has not disclosed evidence of
adds that it expects to complete the investigation into the loss of the
aircraft in about a year.