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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 9 March 1968
Time:23:17
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operator:L'Armée de L'Air
Registration: 43748
C/n / msn: 43748/314
First flight: 1953
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Saint Denis (   Reunion)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Saint Denis de la Reunion-Gillot Airport (RUN/FMEE), Reunion
Destination airport:Djibouti Airport (JIB/HDAM), Djibouti
Narrative:
After takeoff the crew did not follow the correct departure procedure and did not turn out towards the ocean after takeoff. They continued over the island until it flew into a hill.
One of the passengers was the French Chief of Defence Staff, General Ailleret.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» L’accident d’un DC-6 Militaire qui entraina la mort du Général AILLERET / Jacques MOULIN


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Distance from Saint Denis de la Reunion-Gillot Airport to Djibouti Airport as the crow flies is 3837 km (2398 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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