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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 64504
Last updated: 24 February 2021
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Date:19-SEP-1949
Time:12:38
Type:Handley Page Halifax B.VI
Owner/operator:Armée de l'Air
Registration: RG...
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pointe Noire Airport -   Congo
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Dakar (Senegal) via Accra (Ghana)
Destination airport:Pointe Noire Airport (PNR/FCPP)
Narrative:
For undetermined reason, the landing at Dakar-Yoff Airport was a little bit hard and the aircraft was grounded for four days to repair the tail gear. (The Halifax was scheduled to fly Paris – Rabat – Dakar – Accra – Pointe-Noire). After an uneventful fuel stop in Accra, the crew continued to Pointe-Noire but encountered poor weather conditions upon arrival. The visibility was bad and the ceiling was about 100 meters.

On final approach, the aircraft was too far to the right of the centre line so the pilot in command made a sharp turn to the left when control was lost. The aircraft crashed in flames and was destroyed. Seven crew and eleven passengers were killed, among them military personnel and civilians.

Sources:

Hamburger Abendblatt 20 September 1949
El Tiempo 20 September 1949, p8


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
09-Jul-2009 00:27 angels one five Updated
21-Aug-2013 06:30 angels one five Updated [Registration, Cn, Location]
26-Dec-2013 17:26 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
02-May-2014 21:22 TB Updated [Source]
07-Mar-2017 00:59 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Mar-2017 01:03 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
07-Mar-2017 01:15 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
10-Mar-2018 14:41 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Dec-2018 10:51 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2019 19:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Dec-2019 16:29 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
13-Mar-2020 19:16 DB Updated [Operator, Operator]
12-Aug-2020 15:59 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Aug-2020 07:22 TB Updated [Registration]

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