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Last updated: 18 January 2022
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Datum:woensdag 23 februari 1955
Tijd:ca 09:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-15-DK (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Central African Airways
Registratie: VP-YKO
Constructienummer: 26554/15109
Bouwjaar: 1944
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 5
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 21
Totaal:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 26
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Salisbury-Belvedere Airport (   Zimbabwe)
Fase: InitiŽle klim (ICL)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Salisbury-Belvedere Airport, Zimbabwe
Vliegveld van aankomst:Lusaka Airport (LUN/FLLS), Zambia
Vluchtnummer: 626
Beschrijving:
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 The gear had just been retracted, but the pilot-in-command decided to belly land the aircraft immediately on the remaining runway.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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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Salisbury-Belvedere Airport en Lusaka Airport bedraagt 388 km (242 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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