Accident description
Last updated: 16 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Monday 29 August 1960
Time:06:47 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BHBC
C/n / msn: 4622
First flight: 1955
Total airframe hrs:16417
Engines: 4 Wright R-3350 (972TC18DA13)
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55
Total:Fatalities: 63 / Occupants: 63
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) off Dakar-Yoff Airport (DKR) (   Senegal) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France
Destination airport:Dakar-Yoff Airport (DKR/GOOY), Senegal
Flightnumber: 343
Narrative:
Flight AF343 left Paris-Orly (France) with destinations Dakar (Senegal), Monrovia (Liberia) and Abidjan (Ivory Coast). The first intermediate stop was to be Dakar. Arriving near Dakar, the crew first carried out a baulked landing procedure on runway 01. After declining an ILS runway 30 approach the pilot decided to enter a holding pattern and wait for improvement of the weather conditions. Shortly after 06:41 another attempt was made to land at runway 01. After reporting downwind at 06:47 the plane disappeared in a rain squall and crashed into the sea at 2400m from the Mamelles lighthouse. Depth of the sea there was 40m.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The cause of the accident could not be determined"

Sources:
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Distance from Paris-Orly Airport to Dakar-Yoff Airport as the crow flies is 4161 km (2601 miles).

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