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Last updated: 17 November 2018
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Date:Saturday 10 September 1955
Type:Latécoère 631
Operator:France-Hydro
Registration: F-BDRE
C/n / msn: 8
First flight: 1948-11-28 (6 years 10 months)
Engines: 6 Wright R-2600-A5B Cyclone
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:60 km (37.5 mls) N of Banyo (   Cameroon)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Lac Lérè, Chad
Destination airport:Douala Airport (DLA/FKKD), Cameroon
Narrative:
The Latecoere flying boat had been based in Africa to fly cotton from Lac Lérè in Chad to Douala. On a flight to Biscarosse, France for routine overhaul the aircraft entered a tropical storm. The wing broke, probably as a result of windshear, and the aircraft crashed. This was the last active Latecoere 631 flying boat. Plans to convert some stored 631s for cargo transportation were not carried out; all remaining planes were scrapped.

Classification:
Wing failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 64)


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