Final report on the accident occured on 30 January 2000 in the sea near Abidjan Airport to the Airbus 310-304 registered 5Y-BEN operated by Kenya Airways
report translation 5y-n000130a

This report presents the conclusions of the Commission of Inquiry on the circumstances and causes of the accident that occurred on 30 January 2000 in the sea near Abidjan airport to the Airbus 310-304 registered 5Y-BEN operated by KENYA AIRWAYS, which was undertaking the Abidjan - Lagos -Nairobi flight KQ 431.


In accordance with Annex 13 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the conduct of the investigation is intended neither to apportion blame, nor to assess individual or collective responsibility. The sole objective is to draw lessons from this occurrence that may help to prevent future accidents or incidents


This report has been translated and published by the BEA to make its reading easier for English-speaking people. As accurate as the translation may be, the original text issued in French by the Republic of the Ivory Coast is the work of reference.


The appendices available with the full report are the originals. Some of them are in English while others are in French.


Date de l'accident Aircraft
Sunday 30 January 2000 Type : AIRBUS A310-304
at 21h 09 min 24 s([1]) Registration : 5Y-BEN
Site of accident Owner
In the Atlantic Ocean 1.5 nautical miles South of the runway at Abidjan airport (Ivory Coast) KENYA AIRWAYS LIMITED
P.O.Box 19002 NAIROBI (Kenya)
Geographical coordinates: Operator
Latitude: 0513'33''28 N The owner
Longitude: 00356'11''73 W  
Type of flight Persons on board : 179
Public Transport ofpassengers
2 flight crew, 8 cabin crew, 169 passengers
Flight KQ 431 ABJ-LOS-NBO  


The Airbus 310 registered 5Y-BEN took off from Abidjan (Ivory Coast) bound for Lagos (Nigeria) then Nairobi (Kenya). Thirty-three seconds after take-off, the airplane crashed into the sea at 21 h 09 min 24 s.

Persons on board Persons Aircraft Cargo 3rd Party
Killed Injured

Unhurt Destroyed Destroyed([2]) -
Crew 10 0 0
Passengers 159 10 0



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[1] Except where otherwise noted, the times shown in this report are expressed in Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). In Ivory Coast, the legal time is UTC time.

[2] The cargo contained a coffin in the cargo hold.