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Criminal Occurrence
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Estado:
Fecha:domingo 24 febrero 1985
Hora:ca 17:30
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic D228 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dornier 228-100
Operador:Alfred Wegener Institut
Registración: D-IGVN
Numéro de série: 7039
Año de Construcción: 1984
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:S of Dakhla (   Sahara Occidental)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Ferry/Posicionado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Dakar-Yoff Airport (DKR/GOOY), Senegal
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Lanzarote Airport (ACE/GCRR), España
Descripción:
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.

Fuentes:
» 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).
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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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