Accident description
Last updated: 1 September 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 3 May 1963
Time:13:27 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operator:Air Afrique
Registration: F-BIAO
C/n / msn: 45479/996
First flight: 1958
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 48 / Occupants: 48
Total:Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mt. Cameroon (   Cameroon) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Douala Airport (DLA/FKKD), Cameroon
Destination airport:Lagos/Ikeja International Airport (LOS/DNMM), Nigeria
Narrative:
The Air Afrique flight took off from Douala runway 12 at 13:16 GMT on an IFR flight plan to Lagos, cruising altitude 16500 feet. Last radio contact was with Kano at 13:25 when the crew estimated leaving the FIR around 13:38. Two minutes later the aircraft struck Mount Cameroon in a straight climb at 6500 feet (800m below the peak).

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by a lack of caution on the part of the pilot-in-command who deliberately selected a route which led the aircraft into a dangerous and even prohibited sector at too low an altitude. Also, he neglected his navigation and transferred to instrument flight when approaching the mountain range."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest No.15 - Volume I, Circular 78-AN/66 (51-58)


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Distance from Douala Airport to Lagos/Ikeja International Airport as the crow flies is 760 km (475 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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