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Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2018
Date:Friday 6 December 1957
Time:18:00 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BHMK
C/n / msn: 4670
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:3075
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY) (   France)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France
Destination airport:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France
A semi-annual check flight was flown using Super Constellation F-BHMK during which 4 night-time landings had to be carried out. Ceiling was 60 feet and visibility 1 mile when the 4th approach was flown. Following a normal ILS GCA approach to runway 26L the aircraft titled sharply to the left touched down briefly and became airborne again. The aircraft then crashed back onto the runway in flames.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was the result of excessive corrective manoeuvres performed at the time of contact with the runway ... icing on the aircraft might have reduced its aerodynamic qualities."

» ICAO Circular 64-AN/58 (9-13)


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