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Accident
Last updated: 14 December 2017
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Datum:vrijdag 4 februari 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-1-DO (DC-4)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Skyways
Registratie: G-AJPL
Constructienummer: 7464
Bouwjaar: 1944
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 9
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 44
Totaal:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 53
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:nabij Tripoli-Castel Benito Airport (TIP) (   LibiŽ)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Khartoum-Civil Airport (KRT/HSSS), Soedan
Vliegveld van aankomst:Tripoli-Castel Benito Airport (TIP/HLLT), LibiŽ
Beschrijving:
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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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Khartoum-Civil Airport en Tripoli-Castel Benito Airport bedraagt 2710 km (1694 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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