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Last updated: 20 March 2019
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 13 August 2006
Time:ca 20:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules
Operator:Air Algérie
Registration: 7T-VHG
C/n / msn: 4880
First flight: 1981
Engines: 4 Allison 501-D22A
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Piacenza (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Algiers-Houari Boumediene Airport (ALG/DAAG), Algeria
Destination airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
The Hercules cargo plane departed Algiers (ALG) on a flight to Frankfurt (FRA), Germany. The airplane was en route over Italy when at an altitude of 24000 feet the crew received an "A/P Fail" warning, indicating a problem with the autopilot. After twelve seconds the autopilot was switched off. The aircraft then immediately lost directional and longitudinal control. Control was not regained and the plane collided with terrain some 73 seconds after the "A/P Fail" warning. Calculations showed that the airplane struck the ground in a 45/50 degrees nose-down attitude at a speed of approximately 850/900 km/h.


Loss of control

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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 Algiers-Houari Boumediene Airport to Frankfurt International Airport as the crow flies is 1533 km (958 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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