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Accident description
Last updated: 17 November 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 26 January 1937
Time:ca 16:25
Type:Sabca Savoia-Marchetti S.73P
Operator:Sabena
Registration: OO-AGR
C/n / msn: 2
First flight: 1936
Engines: 3 Gnome-Rhône 9Kfr Mistral
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) S of Oran-es Senia Airport (ORN) (   Algeria)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Colomb-Béchar Airport (CBH/DAOC), Algeria
Destination airport:Oran-es Senia Airport (ORN/DAOO), Algeria
Narrative:
The Sabca-built Savoia-Marchetti S.73P aircraft was destroyed when it impacted the ground to the south of Oran-es Senia Airport, Algeria.
The aircraft operated on a round trip from Belgium to Belgian Congo. It was travelling back to Belgium when the accident happened. Eyewitnesses at Oran noticed the aircraft arriving for an en route stop. The aircraft was flying at an altitude of about 1000 metres, below the clouds, when it suddenly entered a nose down attitude. It descended until it impacted terrain, killing all 12 on board.
The investigating committee did not find the cause, but weather conditions and engine problems were ruled out.

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Belgian Civil Aircraft since 1920 / J.Appleton and A. Thys, 1980 (ISBN 0 904597 25 3)
» Early Aviation Disasters / D. Gero, 2011


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Distance from Colomb-Béchar Airport to Oran-es Senia Airport as the crow flies is 465 km (291 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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