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Date:mercredi 23 février 1955
Heure:ca 09:20
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-15-DK (DC-3)
Compagnie:Central African Airways
Immatriculation: VP-YKO
Numéro de série: 26554/15109
Année de Fabrication: 1944
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 5
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 21
Total:victimes: 1 / à bord: 26
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Salisbury-Belvedere Airport (   Zimbabwe)
Phase de vol: En montée initiale (ICL)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Salisbury-Belvedere Airport, Zimbabwe
Aéroport de destination:Lusaka Airport (LUN/FLLS), Zambie
Numéro de vol: 626
Détails:
Central African Airways Flight 626 had just lifted off runway 09 at Salisbury when smoke entered the cockpit. The gear had just been retracted, but the pilot-in-command decided to belly land the aircraft immediately on the remaining runway. The propellers broke off. The no. 1 prop sliced through the fuselage, killing the flight engineer. The DC-3 overran the runway and came to rest across a railway line.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The cause of the accident was the presence of smoke in the flight crew compartment in sufficient quantity to make the captain apprehensive of fire and to cause him to land the aircraft immediately with the undercarriage retracted. The only defect revealed by subsequent investigation of the airframe, engine and accessories, was a fractured rubber hose on the port engine connecting the rocker box of one of the lower cylinders to the collector box. It is the option of the Investigating Officers that oil leaking from this fracture was carried by the airflow on to the exhaust collector ring and generated smoke. Tests carried out later on the same type of aircraft proved conclusively that smoke generated in this region will travel freely to the flight crew compartment via the wheel bay and interior of the centre section leading edge."



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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Salisbury-Belvedere Airport et Lusaka Airport est de 388 km (242 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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