Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 4 January 1960
Time:15:38
Type:de Havilland Canada U-1A Otter
Operator:United States Army
Registration: 55-2974
C/n / msn: 47
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:Gulf of Sirte (   Libya)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Misurata Airport (MRA), Libya
Destination airport:Benghazi-Benina International Airport (BEN/HLLB), Libya
Narrative:
The Otter was flying from Wheelus Air Base to Benghazi with two en-route stops, returning surveyors to field locations. The Otter disappeared over the Gulf of Sirte and was never found.

Sources:
» U.S. Army Otters / Karl Hayes


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Distance from Misurata Airport to Benghazi-Benina International Airport as the crow flies is 487 km (305 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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