Flugunfall 04 APR 1974 einer Douglas DC-4 A2-ZER - Francistown Airport (FRW)
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Datum:Donnerstag 4 April 1974
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Fluggesellschaft:Wenela Air Services
Kennzeichen: A2-ZER
Werknummer: 27242
Baujahr: 1944
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 75 / Insassen: 80
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 78 / Insassen: 84
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:3,6 km (2.3 Meilen) von Francistown Airport (FRW) (   Botswana)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Francistown Airport (FRW/FBFT), Botswana
Flug nach:Blantyre-Chileka Airport (BLZ/FWCL), Malawi
The DC-4 took off from Francistown runway 11 at 02:32. The engine temperatures started to rise, even after opening the gills. When temperatures exceeded the limit, the engines started backfiring. A left hand circuit was made to return to the airport, but the aircraft kept descending and crash-landed 3600 m short of the runway. The aircraft struck some trees and burst into flames.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Powerloss on all 4 engines due to fuel contamination. A load of Jet A1 (Avtur) fuel had been unloaded in one of the Aviation gasoline (Avgas) tanks, causing a contamination of 25-30%.


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Francistown Airport to Blantyre-Chileka Airport as the crow flies is 995 km (622 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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