Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 24 January 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-35-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Force Aérienne Togolaise
Registration: 5V-MAG
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: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Sarakawa (   Togo) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Official state flight
Departure airport:Lome Airport (LFW/DXXX), Togo
Destination airport:?
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.
Later Eyadéma erected a self-aggrandizing commemoration monument at the crash-site and blamed the French government to have sabotaged his plane.


Sources:
» 1974 Togo plane crash (Wikipedia)


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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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