Kenya Airways Flight 507 Crashes, Killing 114
A Kenya Airways plane that crashed after takeoff in Cameroon with 114 people on board is largely submerged in a swamp and there is no chance of survivors, Cameroon's civil protection service said on Monday.
The Boeing 737-800 vanished early on Saturday shortly after leaving Douala for Nairobi in torrential rain. The aircraft was found late on Sunday not far from Douala airport after nearly two days of fruitless searches in the south of the country.
"There are no chances that there will be any survivors because almost the entire body of the plane was buried inside the swamp," Jean-Pierre Nana, director of Cameroon's civil protection department and a member of a crisis working group set up by the prime minister, told Reuters.
The passengers and crew hailed from 27 nations.
At 1000 feet climbing, the pilot flying released the flight controls for 55 seconds without having engaged the autopilot. The bank angle of the airplane increased continuously by itself very slowly up to 34 degrees right and the captain appears unaware of the airplane’s changing attitude.
Just before the "Bank Angle" warning sounds, the captain grabbed the controls, appeared confused about the attitude of the airplane, and made corrections in an erratic manner increasing the bank angle to 50 degrees right.
At about 50 degrees bank angle, the autopilot is engaged and the inclination tends to stabilize; then movements of the flight controls by the pilot resume and the bank angle increases towards 70 degrees right. A prolonged right rudder input brought the bank angle to beyond 90 degrees. The airplane descended in a spiral dive and crashed into a magrove swamp.
Up to five Britons were among 114 people on board a passenger jet that crashed in Cameroon.Air traffic controllers picked up a distress signal from the Kenya Airways plane before contact was lost.
Heavy rain and thick forest hampered efforts to find the wreckage - or any survivors.
The flight originally began in Ivory Coast but stopped in Douala,Cameroon's largest city, to pick up more passengers en route to the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
Recovery teams in a dense mangrove swamp where a Kenya Airways jet crashed and killed all 114 people aboard pressed ahead with their grim, muddy job after failing in a bid Tuesday to pump water away from the wreckage.
Friends and relatives of the victims, who included at least one American, were allowed briefly at the site before authorities barred access in order to preserve evidence.