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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Date:Saturday 27 August 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-5-DK (DC-3)
Registration: OO-CBK
MSN: 26045/14600
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Léopoldville (   Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Léopoldville-N'Djili Airport (FIH/FZAA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Destination airport:Elizabethville Airport (FBM/FZQA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
The DC-3 did not achieve the desired climbing rate after takeoff and crashed when making a flat turn to the right at low altitude.
The plane was on a flight from Léopoldville (now Kinshasa) to Elizabethville (now Lubumbashi).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Power loss on takeoff due to 1) Water in the fuel tanks; 2) Abnormal deposit of lead on the spark plugs."

» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 50)


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Léopoldville-N'Djili Airport to Elizabethville Airport as the crow flies is 1546 km (966 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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