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Last updated: 23 February 2020
Datum:woensdag 12 september 1951
Tijd:ca 12:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Société de Transports Aériens Alpes Provence-STAAP
Registratie: F-BEIZ
Constructienummer: 32733/15985
Bouwjaar: 1945
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 36 / inzittenden: 36
Totaal:slachtoffers: 39 / inzittenden: 39
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:132 km (82.5 mijl) W van Palma, Islas Baleares, Spain (   Mer Méditerranée)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Perpignan Airport (PGF/LFMP), Frankrijk
Vliegveld van aankomst:Oran-es Senia Airport (ORN/DAOO), Algerije
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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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Perpignan Airport en Oran-es Senia Airport bedraagt 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2967e ongeval
  • 1014e dodelijk ongeval
  • 2e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 5e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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 Mer Méditerranée
  • The zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 7e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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