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Accident description
Last updated: 15 December 2017
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Date:Thursday 22 November 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-10-DC (DC-4)
Operator:Força Aérea Portuguesa
Registration: 7502
C/n / msn: 10773
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 37
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:São Tomé, Ilha de São Tomé (   Sao Tome and Principe)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:São Tomé Island Airport (TMS/FPST), Sao Tome and Principe
Destination airport:Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport (LIS/LPPT), Portugal
Narrative:
Taking off in heavy rain, the aircraft collided with terrain. The aircraft was possibly overloaded.

Sources:
» St. Petersburg Times - Nov 24, 1962


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Distance from São Tomé Island Airport to Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport as the crow flies is 4544 km (2840 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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