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Accident
Last updated: 12 December 2017
Estado:Final
Fecha:viernes 22 abril 1960
Hora:05:55 UTC
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-DO (DC-4)
Operador:Sobelair
Registración: OO-SBL
Numéro de série: 3099
Año de Construcción: 1943
Horas Totales de la Célula:30594
Motores: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-D5
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 7 / Ocupantes: 7
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 28 / Ocupantes: 28
Total:Fatalidades: 35 / Ocupantes: 35
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:8 km (5 milles) SE of Bunia Airport (BUX) (   República Democrática del Congo)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional No Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egipto
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Bunia Airport (BUX/FZKA), República Democrática del Congo
Descripción:
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.

Fuentes:
» 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.

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