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Accident description
Last updated: 31 March 2015
Date:Thursday 31 December 1970
Time:ca 23:10
Type:Nord 262E
Operator:Rousseau Aviation
Registration: F-BNGB
C/n / msn: 2
First flight: 1963
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:90 km (56.3 mls) NNE off Algiers, Algeria (   Mediterranean Sea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Algiers-Dar el Beida Airport (ALG/DAAG), Algeria
Destination airport:Menorca-Mahón Airport (MAH/LEMH), Spain
A Nord 262 went missing over the Mediterranean Sea after the pilot issued a distress call. The airplane was en route between Algiers, Algeria and Menorca, Balearic Island, Spain. The airplane carried that Air Liquide football team for a New Year's day match in Menorca.


» Star-News - Jan 2, 1971


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Distance from Algiers-Dar el Beida Airport to Menorca-Mahón Airport as the crow flies is 361 km (226 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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