One person was killed and 11 injured when a Kenyan air force Harbin Y-12 transport crashed shortly after taking off from El Wak airport on 12 May.

The aircraft, which had been operating a route between Mandera and Nairobi, with scheduled stops at El Wak and Garissa, was one of 11 Y-12s in Kenyan service, according toFlightglobal’s Ascend Online database.

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop engines, the Y-12 II has a seating capacity of 17. Prior to the accident, the Kenyan air force’s fleet comprised seven examples built between 1997 and 2000, and four produced from 2009-2010.

The crash represents the second loss of a Kenyan Y-12, following an April 2006 accident in which 15 people were killed and three others injured when their transport collided with high ground while attempting to land.

Source: Flight International