Narrative: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 take-off. 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.
|Date:||Saturday 10 April 1948|
|C/n / msn:|| 42935|
|First flight:|| 1946|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Phase:|| Takeoff (TOF)|
|Departure airport:||Kano International Airport (KAN/DNKN), Nigeria|
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."
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.