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Last updated: 16 November 2018
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Date:Saturday 29 July 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic B170 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol 170 Freighter 21
Operator:Compagnie Air Transport - CAT
Registration: F-BENF
C/n / msn: 12738
First flight: 1946
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 26
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tanezrouft (   Algeria)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Algiers-Maison Blanche Airport (ALG/DAAG), Algeria
Destination airport:Gao Airport (GAQ/GAGO), Mali
Narrative:
Crashed following a wing failure.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An explosion in the wing compartment containing the main starboard fuel tank. This explosion tore off part of the upper wing surface which started a vibration of the wing structure which then caused multiple failures in flight."

Classification:

Wing failure
Loss of control

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Distance from Algiers-Maison Blanche Airport to Gao Airport as the crow flies is 2280 km (1425 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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