ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-749A Constellation F-BAZS Fethiye
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 3 August 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-749A Constellation
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BAZS
MSN: 2628
First flight: 1950
Total airframe hrs:10058
Engines: 4 Wright R-3350 (749C18BD1) Cyclone
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 34
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 42
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) off Fethiye (   Turkey)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italy
Destination airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
The Constellation operated on a flight Paris-Rome-Beirut-Tehran. The flight departed Rome at 22:32 GMT bound for Beirut. At 02:10 the no. 3 engine broke away from the wing following violent vibration. Vibrations continued and altitude was lost. A forced ditching was carried out 6 miles from Fetiye point, 1,5 miles offshore.
The aircraft sank and was not salvaged. It was rediscovered by a Turkish Navy ship in 2018.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure in flight of a propeller blade resulting in the separation of no.3 engine from the aircraft and loss of control of no.4 engine. The cause of the blade fracture cannot be determined."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: BEA France
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 225 days (8 months)
Accident number: Report f-zs530803
Download report: Final report

Engine separation

» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (97-99)


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Distance from Roma-Ciampino Airport to Beirut International Airport as the crow flies is 2174 km (1359 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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