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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 14 June 1950
Time:ca 21:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4-1009
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BBDM
C/n / msn: 42990
First flight: 1946
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 45
Total:Fatalities: 40 / Occupants: 53
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:SE off Bahrain Airport (BAH) (   Bahrain)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Destination airport:Bahrain International Airport (BAH/OBBI), Bahrain
Narrative:
The Air France DC-4 was on a flight from Saigon to Paris when it took off from Karachi at 16:43 following an intermediate stop. The aircraft crashed into the sea just after commencing the procedure turn before landing at Bahrain.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) Failure of the pilot-in-command to adopt the timed approach procedure to the prevailing conditions; 2) Having descended to 300ft, the pilot-in-command did not take the necessary steps to maintain this altitude until such time as the runway lights became visible. It is recommended that consideration be given to equipping Bahrain Airport with radio landing aids and with suitable runway approach lights."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 177 days (6 months)
Accident number: CA.135
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 38-AN/33 (10-12)


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Distance from Karachi International Airport to Bahrain International Airport as the crow flies is 1653 km (1033 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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