Accident Douglas DC-4 YA-BAG,
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Date:Saturday 21 November 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-4
Owner/operator:Ariana Afghan Airlines
Registration: YA-BAG
MSN: 18367
Year of manufacture:1944
Fatalities:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 27
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:ca 30 km NE of Beirut International Airport (BEY) -   Lebanon
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA)
Destination airport:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Ariana Afghan flight 202 arrived at Beirut at 23:30 GMT on November 20 after a flight from Frankfurt. Technical difficulties caused a delay of about 20 hours. The next day the flight took off from runway 18 for a flight to Tehran, Kandahar and Kabul. Some 2 minutes following takeoff the plane crashed in the hills of Aramoun.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was attributed to a combination of: 1) a navigational error - in that the pilot did not right turn out as early as he should have, either because he forgot or because he was distracted by some unusual occurrence; and 2) a fire indication (or possibly a fire) in no.1 engine which induced the pilot to start fire emergency action with a resulting reduction in the rate of turn and the rate of climb."


ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 62-AN/57 (213-216)


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