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Last updated: 22 February 2020
Fecha:miércoles 12 septiembre 1951
Hora:ca 12:30
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Operador:Société de Transports Aériens Alpes Provence-STAAP
Registración: F-BEIZ
Numéro de série: 32733/15985
Año de Construcción: 1945
Motores: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 36 / Ocupantes: 36
Total:Fatalidades: 39 / Ocupantes: 39
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:132 km (82.5 milles) W de la costa de Palma, Islas Baleares, Spain (   Mar Mediterráneo)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Perpignan Airport (PGF/LFMP), Francia
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Oran-es Senia Airport (ORN/DAOO), Argelia
A Douglas DC-3 passenger plane, registered F-BEIZ, was destroyed when it crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. All 36 passengers and three crew members were killed.
In the morning of September 12, 1951 the captain filed an IFR flight plan for a direct flight from Perpignan Airport (PGF), France across the Mediterranean Sea to Oran-es Senia Airport (ORN) in Algeria. Planned en route altitude was 8000 feet and estimated flying time was 3 hours and 15 minutes. The en route weather forecast showed that a storm would be present in the area between the Balearic Island and the Spanish main land with possible cumulo-nimbus clouds with turbulence and hail.
The DC-3 took off at 10:45 from runway 13 at Perpignan Airport. The crew made several en route position reports and contacted a controller at Algiers at 12:26, requesting a descent from 8000 to 6000 feet. This was approved by the controller at 12:28. This was the last radio contact with the flight.
A search was initiated when the airplane failed to arrive at Oran. After a 4-day search several pieces of wreckage were found.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of airframe following loss of control in difficult weather conditions into which the pilot had flown the aircraft."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report

» ICAO Circular 38-AN/33 (19-20)


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Perpignan Airport to Oran-es Senia Airport as the crow flies is 841 km (525 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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