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Accident description
Last updated: 29 March 2015
Date:Wednesday 24 January 1979
Time:ca 19:40
Type:Nord 262A-44
Operator:Air Algérie
Registration: 7T-VSU
C/n / msn: 19
First flight: 1966
Engines: 2 Turbomeca Bastan VI-C1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 23
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) from Béchar-Leger Airport (CBH) (   Algeria)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Béchar-Leger Airport (CBH/DAOC), Algeria
The aircraft descended too low and crashed 15 km short of the runway.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Non-compliance with prescribed procedures; lack of crew coordination; faulty altimeter; crew fatigue.



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