Crash-aerien 12 OCT 1948 d'un Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3) ZS-BWZ - Wadi Halfa
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Date:mardi 12 octobre 1948
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Compagnie:Mercury Aviation Services
Immatriculation: ZS-BWZ
Numéro de série: 9145
Année de Fabrication: 1943
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 5
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 21
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 26
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:près de Wadi Halfa (   Soudan)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Charter National
Aéroport de départ:Wadi Halfa Airport (WHF/HSSW), Soudan
Aéroport de destination:Khartoum-Civil Airport (KRT/HSSS), Soudan
DC-3 ZS-BWZ was on a return flight from Paris to Palmietfontein when it departed Wadi Halfa after an intermediate stop. Because of atmospheric problems, the crew wanted to lower the trailing aerial. The Radio Officer encountered some problems and got the Aldis lamp to serve as a light. He then noticed that an extension lamp had fallen and was dangling, touching the de-icer fluid tank. As he picked it up, the lamp burst into flames, spreading under the pilot's seat. Attempts to extinguish the fire failed, so the co-pilot had to carry out an emergency landing in the desert.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The opinion was formed that the fire started in the left hand side of the pilot's compartment because of an electric short in the extension lamp, producing sufficient heat to ignite propeller deicing fluid, which, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the Committee was of opinion must have leaked from the tank behind the Commander's seat. On available evidence, the crew made all possible efforts to extinguish the fire, but the effectiveness of their actions was nullified by the restricted area of operations and the inaccessibility of the seat of the fire. In view of the direct evidence of a blue flame at the time of the conflagration, there would appear to have been a high percentage of methylted spirits in the deicing fluid. This is confirmed by tests made of deicing fluid taken from other aircraft serviced by the same maintenance organisation which did not conform with specification An-F-13."


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Wadi Halfa Airport et Khartoum-Civil Airport est de 697 km (436 miles).

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