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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Sunday 24 September 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-15-DK (DC-3)
Operator:War Birds of Great Britain Ltd.
Registration: G-BFPU
MSN: 26692/15247
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) NE of Karima (   Sudan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Engine problems (backfiring of the no. 1 engine) on the first leg of the ferry flight (London-Gatwick to Nice) forced the crew to divert to Toulon, were the spark plugs were changed. Soon after takeoff from Toulon the same symptoms occurred. The aircraft turned back and the carburetor was changed. The rest of the flight was uneventful until 70 miles from Karima. The no. 2 engine oil pressure and cylinder head temperature exceeded the limits, the no. 2 prop oversped and had to be feathered. Soon afterwards the no. 1 engine started backfiring. A wheels-up landing was carried out. The DC-3 burnt out.
The airplane was reportedly being ferried to Yemen.

Forced landing outside airport

» ICAO Summary No 1/79


photo of Douglas-C-47B-G-BFPU
accident date: 24-09-1978
type: Douglas C-47B (DC-3)
registration: G-BFPU
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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