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Last updated: 19 November 2018
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Date:Friday 25 November 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic NORA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Nord 2501 Noratlas
Operator:L'Armée de L'Air
Registration: 182/F-RABR
C/n / msn: 182
First flight:
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 739
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 32
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Béziers (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Toulon-St Mandrier NAS (LFTR), France
Destination airport:Mont-De-Marsan Airport (LFBM), France
Narrative:
Crashed into mountains in poor weather at night. An investigation revealed problems with the airplane's autopilot.

Sources:
» stratisc.org
» Aérosteles : Lieux de mémoire aéronautique
» Wikipedia: Nord 2501


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Distance from Toulon-St Mandrier NAS to Mont-De-Marsan Airport as the crow flies is 524 km (327 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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