Vliegtuigongeval op 04 APR 1974 met Douglas DC-4 A2-ZER - Francistown Airport (FRW)
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Datum:donderdag 4 april 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Wenela Air Services
Registratie: A2-ZER
Constructienummer: 27242
Bouwjaar: 1944
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 75 / inzittenden: 80
Totaal:slachtoffers: 78 / inzittenden: 84
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:3,6 km (2.3 mijl) van Francistown Airport (FRW) (   Botswana)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Francistown Airport (FRW/FBFT), Botswana
Vliegveld van aankomst: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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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Francistown Airport en Blantyre-Chileka Airport bedraagt 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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