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Last updated: 15 November 2019
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mercredi 12 septembre 1951
Heure:ca 12:30
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Compagnie:Société de Transports Aériens Alpes Provence-STAAP
Immatriculation: F-BEIZ
Numéro de série: 32733/15985
Année de Fabrication: 1945
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Equipage:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 36 / à bord: 36
Total:victimes: 39 / à bord: 39
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:132 km (82.5 milles) W de Palma, Islas Baleares, Spain (   Mer Méditerranée)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Perpignan Airport (PGF/LFMP), France
Aéroport de destination:Oran-es Senia Airport (ORN/DAOO), Algérie
Détails:
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:
cover
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 38-AN/33 (19-20)


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Plan
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 Perpignan Airport et Oran-es Senia Airport est de 841 km (525 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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