ASN Aircraft accident Bristol 170 Freighter I F-BCJN Cartagena
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Date:Thursday 16 October 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic B170 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol 170 Freighter I
Operator:Transports Aériens Intercontinentaux - TAI
Registration: F-BCJN
MSN: 12788
First flight: 1946
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 38 / Occupants: 39
Total:Fatalities: 41 / Occupants: 43
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Cartagena (   Spain)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Marseille-Marignane Airport (MRS/LFML), France
Destination airport:Oran-es Senia Airport (ORN/DAOO), Algeria
The Bristol 170 Freighter I operated on a charter flight from Paris, France to Casablanca, Morocco. Intermediate stops were planned at Marseille, France and Oran-es Senia, Algeria.
During the flight across the Mediterranean Sea, the flight crew radioed that they had shut down the no.1 engine. The aircraft failed to reach the Spanish mainland and crashed into the sea. One crew member and one passenger survived the accident and were rescued by a French naval vessel.

» Early Aviation Disasters / D. Gero, 2011
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 46)


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Distance from Marseille-Marignane Airport to Oran-es Senia Airport as the crow flies is 995 km (622 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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