Update: everyone survives Coastal plane crash

A Coastal Aviation Cessna Grand Caravan, 5H-THR, with 11 people on board crashed in the Serengeti on Wednesday. Photo: Facebook

Update: 16:30 Friday – The three injured parties have been released from hospital, says Coastal Aviation.

Coastal has released more information as to the cause of the crash, citing ‘poor weather’ as a factor in the aircraft overrunning the runway.

“The reasons are yet to be determined and are currently under investigation by the authorities,” says a statement posted to the Coastal Aviation website.


Update: 21:00 – “All of the injured parties are safely in Nairobi receiving the necessary medical care. All patients are in good spirits and the indications are that they can expect to be discharged in the next day or so,” says Coastal Aviation in a press release issued Thursday evening.

The aircraft was operating a flight from Lake Manyara to Kogatende airstrip, with a stop at Lobo, where the incident occurred.


Update: 11:00 – Coastal Aviation has released further information regarding the details of the crash in the Serengeti on Wednesday.

“[The aircraft] had a runway overrun after touchdown at Lobo airstrip,” says a statement on the company’s website.


A Coastal Aviation plane with 11 people on board crashed in near the Lobo airstrip in Serengeti National Park on Wednesday, October 25.

No one was killed in the incident, which occurred at approximately 14:30, says a press release posted on Facebook by Coastal Aviation.

“Two of passengers and the pilot received injuries,” says the statement.

“According to the physicians none of the injuries appear to be serious.”

Editor’s note: correct number of people on board the aircraft updated in para 1. Original press statement from Coastal Aviation stated 11 passengers and 1 pilot. That figure has since been revised to 10 passengers and 1 pilot. 

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3 Comments on "Update: everyone survives Coastal plane crash"

  1. Percy Rudman | October 26, 2017 at 22:35 |

    Good day,
    I know two of the pilots employed by coastal personally,are you at liberty to disclose names of pilots?
    Thank you

    • Why don’t you email your ‘personal friends’ directly if you want to know if they were involved? It’s not at all cool to name the pilots involved on a public and searchable website.

  2. As a survivor onboard this flight it angers me how Costal sugarcoats their lack of safety regulations on these flights. Then they have the nerve to say they “promptly” transferred us, are they joking?? We were left stranded in the pouring rain in the middle of the most remote area of the Serengeti. I bet if we never got help ourselves they would’ve left us there. What a shame.

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