Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 22 October 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 24 February 1985
Time:ca 17:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic D228 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dornier 228-100
Operator:Alfred Wegener Institut
Registration: D-IGVN
C/n / msn: 7039
First flight: 1984
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:S of Dakhla, West Sahara (   Morocco) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Dakar-Yoff Airport (DKR/GOOY), Senegal
Destination airport:Lanzarote Airport (ACE/GCRR), Spain
Narrative:
The Dornier 228 named "Polar 3" was on a return flight (together with Do-228 "Polar 2") to Germany following a South Pole expedition. Both aircraft departed Dakar around 14:45 for a flight to Arrecife, Canary Islands. Last radio contact with Polar 3 was around 17:30. While overflying the Western Sahara, 5 minutes behind Polar 2 and at a lower altitude, Polar 3 was shot down by Frente Polisario guerrillas. They probably though the plane in question was a Moroccan spy plane. The Western Sahara territory was fully annexed by Morocco in 1979. A guerrilla war with the Polisario Front contesting Rabat's sovereignty ended in a 1991 cease-fire; a referendum on final status has been repeatedly postponed.

Sources:
» Luchtvaartwereld nr.1, 1986 (p.19-20)


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Distance from Dakar-Yoff Airport to Lanzarote Airport as the crow flies is 1620 km (1013 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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