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Last updated: 16 November 2018
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Date:Saturday 1 August 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-1-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Hémet Exploration
Registration: F-BJHC
C/n / msn: 25756/14311
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Beira (   Mozambique)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Survey/research
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The DC-3 operated on a magnetometer survey, reportedly on charter to Shell Oil, near Beira and deviated from the original route after ATC instructions. The aircraft was then mistaken for a hostile transport and shot down by a ground-to-air missile.

Classification:
Shot down from the ground
Loss of control

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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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