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Date:samedi 10 avril 1948
Heure:07:33 UTC
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4-1009
Compagnie:Air France
Immatriculation: F-BBDC
Numéro de série: 42935
Année de Fabrication: 1946
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 6
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 1 / à bord: 6
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Kano International Airport (KAN) (   Nigéria)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Aéroport de départ:Kano International Airport (KAN/DNKN), Nigéria
Aéroport de destination:?
The aircraft was prepared for a 3-engined ferry flight without passengers, because the no. 1 engine failed to start due to electric engine starter problems. During the takeoff roll smoke was seen coming from the nosewheel. Despite attempts from the control tower to warn the crew, they continued the takeoff. The DC-4 left the runway at 530yds from the beginning of its run. It crossed another runway, jumped a ditch with the engines at full power until it finally struck the BOAC engineering store.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An immediate investigation of wheel tracks etc. showed that the nose wheel left skid marks on the runway from the very beginning of the aircraft's run. This fact together with the fact that a considerable amount of blue smoke was seen coming from the tire would seem to indicate that the nose wheel was not locked for takeoff. After leaving the runway after a comparatively short run of 530yds the aircraft continued with engines full on and gained considerable speed, over the next 850yds."


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