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Accident
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Freitag 22 April 1960
Zeit:05:55 UTC
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-DO (DC-4)
Fluggesellschaft:Sobelair
Kennzeichen: OO-SBL
Werknummer: 3099
Baujahr: 1943
Betriebsstunden:30594
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-D5
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 7
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 28 / Insassen: 28
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 35 / Insassen: 35
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:8 km (5 Meilen) SE of Bunia Airport (BUX) (   Kongo/Kinshasa)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Ägypten
Flug nach:Bunia Airport (BUX/FZKA), Kongo/Kinshasa
Unfallbericht:
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:

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.

Informationsquelle:
» Rampen in België / 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).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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