Accident description
Last updated: 24 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 22 April 1960
Time:05:55 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Sobelair
Registration: OO-SBL
C/n / msn: 3099
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:30594
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-D5
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8 km (5 mls) SE of Bunia Airport (BUX) (   Congo (Democratic Republic)) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
Destination airport:Bunia Airport (BUX/FZKA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Narrative:
A Douglas C-54 passenger plane was destroyed in an accident near Bunia, D.R.Congo. All 28 passengers and seven crew members were killed.
The Sobelair flight departed Brussel (BRU), Belgium at 09:11, April 21, on a flight to Elizabethville (now named Lubumbashi). Intermediate stops were planned at Rome, Cairo and Bunia. The flight left Cairo, Egypt at 20:49.
While descending towards Bunia, the C-54 flew into the Pic de Bogoro, some 60 metres below the summit.


PROBABLE CAUSE (translated from original French report): The accident occurred because the pilot, the captain, carried out a descent while the height of cloud base (ceiling) was below the minimum required by the Administration and the Operator.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Rampen in BelgiŰ / Hans Van Riemsdijk, Christian Deglas


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Distance from Cairo International Airport to Bunia Airport as the crow flies is 3158 km (1973 miles).

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