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.
|Date:||Thursday 5 December 2013|
|Type:||Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation|
|C/n / msn:|| 4622|
|First flight:|| 1955|
|Total airframe hrs:||16417|
|Engines:|| 4 Wright 972-TC18-DA-13|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55|
|Total:||Fatalities: 63 / Occupants: 63 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||1,6 km (1 mls) off Dakar-Yoff Airport (DKR) (Senegal)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France|
|Destination airport:||Dakar-Yoff Airport (DKR/GOOY), Senegal|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The cause of the accident could not be determined"
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Distance from Paris-Orly Airport to Dakar-Yoff Airport as the crow flies is 4161 km (2601 miles).