Accident Lockheed L-749-79-46 Constellation F-BAZN,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 336300

Date:Friday 28 October 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed L-749-79-46 Constellation
Owner/operator:Air France
Registration: F-BAZN
MSN: 2546
Year of manufacture:1947
Total airframe hrs:3394 hours
Engine model:Wright R-3350 (749C18BD1) Cyclone
Fatalities:Fatalities: 48 / Occupants: 48
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Redondo Mountain, São Miguel Island, Azores -   Portugal
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO)
Destination airport:Santa Maria-Vila do Porto Airport, Azores (SMA/LPAZ)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Lockheed Constellation F-BAZN departed Paris-Orly at 20:05 UTC for a flight to New York with an intermediate stop at Santa Maria, Azores. At 01:41 the crew reported 150nm from Santa Maria with an ETA of 02:45. The ETA was later changed to 02:55. At 02:51 the flight reported flying at 3000 feet with the airfield in sight. After acknowledging landing instructions, nothing more was heard from the flight. The Constellation had struck the Redondo Mountain at an elevation of 900 m.
Famous violinist Ginette Neveu and famous boxer Marcel Cerdan were killed in the crash.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure to carry out either of the approach procedures for Santa Maria airport. False position reports given by crew. Inadequate navigation. Failure to identify Santa Maria Airport, when flying in VFR conditions."


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