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Accident
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Statuts:
Date:vendredi 4 février 1949
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-1-DO (DC-4)
Compagnie:Skyways
Immatriculation: G-AJPL
Numéro de série: 7464
Année de Fabrication: 1944
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 9
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 44
Total:victimes: 1 / à bord: 53
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:près de Tripoli-Castel Benito Airport (TIP) (   Libye)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Nature:Charter International
Aéroport de départ:Khartoum-Civil Airport (KRT/HSSS), Soudan
Aéroport de destination:Tripoli-Castel Benito Airport (TIP/HLLT), Libye
Détails:
The Douglas C-54 had been chartered by the UK War Office to transport personnel from Nairobi to the UK. The aircraft departed Khartoum for the leg to Castel Benito. The let down procedure was carried out west of Castel Benito in conditions of heavy rain and low (2 miles) visibility. When at about 700 feet, descending downwind, the no. 4 engine failed, followed immediately by the no. 3 engine. The aircraft lost altitude and crashed into trees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) Failure of the captain to maintain a safe height, by utilizing the available power of the starboard engines after power failure in the port engine. The reason for this failure by the captain cannot be determined. 2) The power failure in the port engines was caused by fuel starvation brought about by an insufficiency of fuel in the port tanks. This fuel shortage was the result of the wing tanks being allowed to become progressively unbalanced during the last stage of the flight. 3) An attempt by the flight engineer under emergency conditions to cross feed the port engine from the starboard tanks, failed owing to the full operation not having been completed in time."



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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Khartoum-Civil Airport et Tripoli-Castel Benito Airport est de 2710 km (1694 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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