Today marks 22 years since the tragic crash of Kenya Airways Flight 431. The Airbus A310 crashed while flying from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to Lagos, Nigeria. Reports found that the crash was caused due to a false stall alarm, which resulted in pilot error.
On January 30th, 2000, Kenya Airways flight KQ431 departed Abidjan Airport bound for Lagos, which was a stop on its way to Nairobi. The route was being flown by one of the airline's Airbus A310s, registered 5Y-BEN. However, things went tragically wrong minutes into the flight, which plunged into the Atlantic Ocean.
After arriving in Abidjan from its previous service, KQ431 departed the airport at 21:08 GMT. Seconds after the plane took off, the first officer requested the landing gear be retracted, but onboard systems sounded the stall alarm. To prevent a stall, the pilots put the A310 into a controlled descent.