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Last updated: 2 March 2021
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Datum:Mittwoch 12 Mai 1948
Zeit:11:00
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4-1009
Fluggesellschaft:Sabena
Kennzeichen: OO-CBE
Werknummer: 42932
Baujahr: 1946
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 7
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 24 / Insassen: 25
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 31 / Insassen: 32
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Magazini (   Kongo/Kinshasa)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Léopoldville-N'Djili Airport (FIH/FZAA), Kongo/Kinshasa
Flug nach:Libenge Airport (LIE/FZFA), Kongo/Kinshasa
Unfallbericht:
The Douglas DC-4, OO-CBE, operated on a flight from Léopoldville (now Kinshasa) to Brussels, Belgium. The aircraft was descending towards Libenge, the first stop on the route, when it penetrated a very turbulent line of clouds at an altitude of 700 feet. The aircraft lost height and crashed into a forest.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot flew the aircraft into the active centre of a tornado at a low altitude and the aircraft was probably forced to the ground by a donwnward gust."



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Distance from Léopoldville-N'Djili Airport to Libenge Airport as the crow flies is 955 km (597 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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