Kenya national disaster operation centre has confirmed the deaths of the two crew, the pilot and flight engineer, and two passengers, possibly including the owner, on a private cargo aircraft, on Wednesday 2 July.
The centre tells Air Cargo Week that the aircraft took off from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and its flight plan destination was Mogadishu. The aircraft, a Fokker 50, crashed just after take-off into a residential building in the Uttawala area beyond the airport’s boundary. Jet fuel caused a fire at the scene. The cargo was Miraa, which is also known as Khat. The Kenyan government’s National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse states that long term heavy use of Miraa can result in psychosis.