Narrative:En route to Khartoum, the no. 1 engine caught fire. The engine was shut down, fire handles pulled and the prop was feathered. The captain decided to return to Cairo. A belly landing was carried out on runway 36.
|Date:||Wednesday 30 July 1952|
|Type:||SNCASE SE.161 Languedoc|
|C/n / msn:|| 46|
|First flight:|| 1946|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 38 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||Cairo-Almaza Airport ( Egypt)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Cairo-Almaza Air Base (HEAZ), Egypt|
|Destination airport:||Khartoum-Civil Airport (KRT/HSSS), Sudan|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot error. It would appear that he showed a poor knowledge of airmanship in these particulars; 1. The fire warning system had not operated nor had the automatic extinguishers , indicating that the nacelle temperature could not have risen appreciably. The extinguisher had been manually operated. 2. He should not have restarted the defective motor after a fire and with almost a full load. 3. If the main undercarriage systems had failed to function, he should have operated Nos 1 & 2 emergency systems."
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Cairo-Almaza Air Base to Khartoum-Civil Airport as the crow flies is 1607 km (1004 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.