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Accident description
Last updated: 1 December 2015
Date:Sunday 19 October 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-30-DK (DC-3)
Operator:L'Armée de L'Air
Registration: 476560/FRAST
C/n / msn: 32892/16144
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:21 km (13.1 mls) E of Blantyre-Chileka Airport (BLZ) (   Malawi)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Blantyre-Chileka Airport (BLZ/FWCL), Malawi
Destination airport:Antananarivo-Arivonimamo Airport (TNR/FMMA), Madagascar
Flew into the side of Chiradzulu Mountain.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» St. Joseph Gazette - Oct 20, 1958
» Le livre d'or de l'aviation malgache/J.P.Pénette & C.Pénette Lohau


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Distance from Blantyre-Chileka Airport to Antananarivo-Arivonimamo Airport as the crow flies is 1342 km (838 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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