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Last updated: 25 July 2017
Datum:zondag 11 augustus 1957
Tijd:18:15 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Maritime Central Airways
Registratie: CF-MCF
Constructienummer: 18374
Bouwjaar: 1944
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 6 / inzittenden: 6
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 73 / inzittenden: 73
Totaal:slachtoffers: 79 / inzittenden: 79
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:7,2 km (4.5 mijl) W of Issoudun, QC (   Canada)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport (KEF/BIKF), IJsland
Vliegveld van aankomst:Goose Bay Airport, NF (YYR/CYYR), Canada
Vluchtnummer: 315
The DC-4 departed London at 21:48 GMT for a flight to Toronto with refueling stops at Keflavik and Goose Bay. The aircraft departed Keflavik at 05:12 GMT following a 66-minute stop. At 13:20 GMT the crew radioed that they wanted to overfly Goose Bay and proceed to Montreal. Last radio contact was at 18:10 when Quebec Radio Range Station relayed a message to the aircraft requesting it to contact Montreal Range approaching Rougemont for clearance. The aircraft was flying at about 6000 feet when it entered an active cumulonimbus cloud, including heavy rain and strong gusty winds. Somehow control was lost and the aircraft struck the ground in an almost vertical (70deg nose down, slightly left wing down) attitude at a speed over 200 kts.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Severe turbulence encountered whilst flying in a cumulonimbus cloud, resulting in a chain of events quickly leading up to a complete loss of control and causing the aircraft to dive to the ground in a near vertical nose-down attitude."

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (18-23)

As the pilots were on duty for nearly 20 hours, this affected their performance in an emergency situation. A Canadian standard was adopted for on-duty time limitations.


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport en Goose Bay Airport, NF bedraagt 2419 km (1512 miles).

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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