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Kenya Airways Flight 431 on 30 January 2000 crashed into the sea at 21:09:24 GMT, shortly after takeoff from Abidjanmarker (Port Bouet Airport) to Lagosmarker (Murtala Mohammed International Airportmarker) . There were 179 people on board the Airbus A310 jet aircraft, 169 passengers and 10 crew members. 10 passengers survived the crash.Of the 169 fatalities, 146 bodies were recovered. 103 of those bodies were identified.

The aircraft originated in Nairobimarker and was meant to stop over in Lagosmarker but flew directly to Abidjan because of weather conditions over Lagos. Harmattan winds coming down from the Sahara to the north had made skies over Lagos unusually hazy on Sunday, and the airport stopped incoming flights.After a three-hour layover, the Kenya Airways Flight 431 took off for Lagos at 21:08 GMT and crashed into the Atlantic Oceanmarker off Côte d'Ivoiremarker one minute later. Kenya Airways Flight 431 has the highest death toll of any aviation accident involving an Airbus A310.

The Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile, the accident investigation authority of France, wrote the investigation to the incident.

Nationalities of passengers

Most of the passengers and crew were Nigeriansmarker. Two of the crew members on board worked for KLM.


Captain Paul Muthee,First Officer Lazaro Muli,Flight Engineer Shem Aluma Metho,Flight Attendant Moses Kome, Flight Attendant Rogony Richard, Flight Attendant John Makio Wandera, Flight Attendant Vincent Mwasi, Flight Attendant Ann Waeni Wakau, Flight Attendant Samira Suleiman, Flight Attendant Victor Thueri, Flight Attendant Janet Mwanjeni

Order of crash

  1. An errant stall warning sounds immediately after takeoff.
  2. The pilot put the aircraft into a descent.
  3. The crew did not apply maximum engine power.
  4. The ground proximity warning did not sound because the stall warning took precedence.
  5. Overspeed warning sounds.
  6. The Captain gives the order to climb.
  7. The aircraft collides with the sea.


Samuel Ogbada Adje, a survivor, believes that the rescue effort contributed to the number of fatalities. He said that he waited for two hours to be rescued. Rescuers extracted at least seven of the survivors from the water while one swam almost one mile to the shore.

See also


  1. " Report 5y-n000130." Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile. Retrieved on 9 June 2009.
  2. " Rescuers seek more survivors of Kenya Airways crash." CNN. 31 January 2000. Retrieved on 9 June 2009.
  3. " Kenyan Plane Carrying 179 Crashes; at Least 8 Survive." The Washington Post. 31 January 2000. Retrieved on 9 June 2009.

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