Narrative:The President of Togo, Gnassingbé Eyadéma (1935-2005), was the sole survivor when his Togolese Air Force C-47 (5V-MAG) crashed during approach near the village of Sarakawa, northern Togo. Several high-ranking military personnel died in the crash.
|Date:||Thursday 24 January 1974|
|Operator:||Force Aérienne Togolaise|
|C/n / msn:|| 9803|
|First flight:|| 1943|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4|
|Total:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Sarakawa (Togo)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Departure airport:||Lome Airport (LFW/DXXX), Togo|
Later Eyadéma erected a self-aggrandizing commemoration monument at the crash-site and blamed the French government to have sabotaged his plane.
» 1974 Togo plane crash (Wikipedia)
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.