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Last updated: 25 March 2019
Date:Tuesday 19 September 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Registration: G-ARJY
C/n / msn: 10288
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 69
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 73
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Dublin Airport (DUB) (   Ireland)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lourdes-Tarbes Ossun Lourdes Airport (LDE/LFBT), France
Destination airport:Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW), Ireland
The C-54 was flown to Lourdes from Liverpool to pick up passengers for Dublin. The plane departed Lourdes at 17:10 and contacted Dublin ATC for the first time at 20:35. Clearance to land at runway 24 was received at 20:58. At 21:04 the plane lost power and a wheels-up emergency landing had to be carried out away from the airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was attributed to incorrect management of the fuel system by the flight crew which resulted in partial loss of power and control and a forced landing outside the airport."

Forced landing outside airport


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Lourdes-Tarbes Ossun Lourdes Airport to Dublin Airport as the crow flies is 1220 km (762 miles).

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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