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Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Date:Friday 8 December 1950
Time:19:37
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Transports Aériens Intercontinentaux - TAI
Registration: F-BELB
C/n / msn: 3084
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 50
Total:Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 56
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:16 km (10 mls) S of Bangui Airport (BGF) (   Central African Republic)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bangui Airport (BGF/FEFF), Central African Republic
Destination airport:Dar Es Salaam International Airport (DAR/HTDA), Tanzania
Narrative:
The aircraft flew into high ground, some 4 minutes after takeoff from Bangui.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Ignorance by the crew of the topography of the surrounding area; the adoption of an excessively low rate of climb following a takeoff at night in a little known region; and premature change of heading."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Journal Officiel de la République Française 27-12-1950


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Distance from Bangui Airport to Dar Es Salaam International Airport as the crow flies is 2603 km (1627 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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