Narrative:The Sabena flight, originating at Brussels, Belgium had departed Lisbon following an intermediate stop on a flight to Leopoldville (now Kinshasa), Belgian Congo. Vibration in the no. 1 engine forced the crew to shut it down. Casablanca ACC was advised that the flight wanted to make an emergency landing there. At 04:19 a runway 21 approach was attempted, but the aircraft did not touch down. Some 600m past the runway threshold at a height of 5m and with landing gear down and full flaps, full power was applied. The DC-7 then climbed in a sharp left turn. Reaching a height of 25 m, the plane stalled, crashed into buildings and caught fire.
|Date:||Sunday 18 May 1958|
|C/n / msn:|| 45157/737|
|First flight:|| 1956|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 56|
|Total:||Fatalities: 61 / Occupants: 65 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Casablanca-Cazes Airport (CAS) (Morocco)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport (LIS/LPPT), Portugal|
|Destination airport:||Léopoldville-N'Djili Airport (FIH/FZAA), Congo (Democratic Republic)|
The correct procedure for going around would have been to apply full throttle only gradually attaining V2 speed; retracting the landing gear; and, at 115 kt, retracting the flaps from 50 to 20°.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "An error of judgement in re-application of power when the aircraft was neither in the appropriate configuration nor at a sufficient speed to carry out the attempted safety manoeuvre."
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (26-28)
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Distance from Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport to Léopoldville-N'Djili Airport as the crow flies is 5388 km (3367 miles).