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Last updated: 28 July 2015
Date:mercredi 14 juin 1950
Heure:ca 21:55
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4-1009
Compagnie:Air France
Immatriculation: F-BBDM
Numéro de série: 42990
Année de Fabrication: 1946
Equipage:victimes: 3 / à bord: 8
Passagers:victimes: 37 / à bord: 45
Total:victimes: 40 / à bord: 53
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:SE off Bahrain (   Bahrain)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Aéroport de destination:Bahrain International Airport (BAH/OBBI), Bahrain
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: "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."

» ICAO Circular 38-AN/33 (10-12)

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA) - France
report status: Final
report number: CA.135
report released:8 December 1950
duration of investigation: 177 days (6 months)
download report: Rapport d´accident civil No CA.135 (Avion Douglas DC.4 F-BBDM) a Bahrein le 14 juin 1950 (BEA CA.135)


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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 Karachi International Airport et Bahrain International Airport est de 1653 km (1033 miles).

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