ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-242C TU-TAV Douala Airport (DLA)
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Status:Information verified through authorities or other official sources.
Date:Sunday 3 August 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-242C
Operator:Air Afrique
Registration: TU-TAV
MSN: 19848/157
First flight: 1969-04-15 (28 years 4 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 106
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 114
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Douala Airport (DLA) (   Cameroon)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Douala Airport (DLA/FKKD), Cameroon
Destination airport:Bangui Airport (BGF/FEFF), Central African Republic
Flightnumber: 816
The takeoff from runway 30 was abandoned following a tire burst at 110 knots. The aircraft skidded off the runway into shrubs and was engulfed in smoke when coming to rest 130 m past the runway. Both engines and the left main gear were torn off in the crash sequence.

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photo of Boeing-737-242C-F-GFVK
accident date: 03-08-1997
type: Boeing 737-242C
registration: F-GFVK

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Douala Airport to Bangui Airport as the crow flies is 972 km (607 miles).

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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