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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 8 January 1958
Time:13:15 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BAOA
C/n / msn: 11708
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Poitiers-Biard Airport (PIS) (   France)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Poitiers-Biard Airport (PIS/LFBI), France
Destination airport:Poitiers-Biard Airport (PIS/LFBI), France
Narrative:
The DC-3 left for a training flight at Poitiers; on board were a pilot-in-command/instructor, a flight mechanic, four trainee pilots and two passengers. With a trainee pilot at the controls, a break-through and landing on one engine was carried out. The landing was discontinued because the gear failed to lock down too late. When power was re-applied the DC-3 veered the right and crashed into the buildings of an army munitions dump.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was due to the successive appearance of two incidents during a training exercise: slowness of the landing gear to extend; failure of the right engine to pick up power. The crew which included a pilot under training and a mechanic with limited experience, did not properly co-ordinate their actions. The instructor, because of his position in the cockpit, was unable to assist."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 115 days (4 months)
Accident number: Report f-oa580108
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 64-AN/58 (14-17)


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