Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 1 August 1948
Type:Latécoère 631
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BDRC
C/n / msn: 6
First flight: 1947-11-09 (9 months)
Engines: 6 Wright R-2600-A5B Cyclone
Crew:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 40 / Occupants: 40
Total:Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 52
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 1900 km W of Dakar, Senegal (   Atlantic Ocean) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Fort de France Hydrobase, Martinique
Destination airport:Port-Étienne Airport (NDB/GQPP), Mauritania
Narrative:
The flying boat named "Lionel de Marnier", crashed at sea.

Sources:
» Air-Britain Casualty Compendium Part 47


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Distance from Fort de France Hydrobase to Port-Étienne Airport as the crow flies is 4675 km (2922 miles).

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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