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Accident description
Last updated: 6 October 2015
Date:Wednesday 9 October 1963
Type:Douglas C-74 Globemaster I
Operator:Aeronaves de Panama
Registration: HP-385
C/n / msn: 13915
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) S of Marseille-Marignane Airport (MRS) (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Marseille-Marignane Airport (MRS/LFML), France
Destination airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
The aircraft took off at night on runway 14, having misunderstood the ATC clearance which was runway 32. The plane crashed approx 7 NM south of the airport, hitting 800 ft high terrain only 15/20 feet below the summit.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain



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Distance from Marseille-Marignane Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 2725 km (1703 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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