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Last updated: 16 July 2018
Fecha:miércoles 18 septiembre 1946
Hora:07:42 UTC
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4-1009
Registración: OO-CBG
Numéro de série: 42986
Año de Construcción: 1946
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 6 / Ocupantes: 7
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 21 / Ocupantes: 37
Total:Fatalidades: 27 / Ocupantes: 44
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:35 km (21.9 milles) SW of Gander, NL (   Canadá)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Irlanda
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Gander Airport, NL (YQX/CYQX), Canadá
The DC-4 was on a flight from Brussels, Belgium to New York, USA, with intermediate stops at Shannon, Ireland and Gander, Canada. The aircraft crashed in bad weather. Reportedly, the pilot attempted to carry out a visual approach to Gander by trying to descend below the clouds. Since the cloud base was about ground level, the airplane descended into trees. It crashed and broke up.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot did not carry out the appropriate approach procedure for landing in bad weather conditions."

» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 44)
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» Tragedy and Rescue - Sabena Airlines Crash, Gander Newfoundland, 1946


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Distance from Shannon Airport to Gander Airport, NL as the crow flies is 3156 km (1972 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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