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Accident
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Datum:Sonntag 29 März 1953
Flugzeugtyp:Vickers 616 Viking 1B
Fluggesellschaft:Central African Airways
Kennzeichen: VP-YEY
Werknummer: 168
Baujahr: 1947
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 8
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 13 / Insassen: 13
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Mkwaya (   Tansania)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Blantyre-Chileka Airport (BLZ/FWCL), Malawi
Flug nach:Dar Es Salaam International Airport (DAR/HTDA), Tansania
Unfallbericht:
The Viking, named "Shangani", disintegrated in flight after encountering a sudden gust of wind. It appeared that the type of grease used when fitting press fit bolts to the booms had caused corrosion nodes, thus weakening the lower starboard boom at the outboard bolt hole. The gust of wind caused a fracture of this boom outboard of Station 141, followed by the complete disintegration of the aircraft.



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Distance from Blantyre-Chileka Airport to Dar Es Salaam International Airport as the crow flies is 1077 km (673 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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