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Last updated: 29 November 2020
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Date:Monday 15 September 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-40-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Kalinga Airlines
Registration: VT-CGB
C/n / msn: 9945
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:W of Wadi Halfa (   Sudan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Jeddah International Airport (JED/OEJD), Saudi Arabia
Destination airport:Aden International Airport (ADE/ODAA), Yemen
Narrative:
The Douglas C-47 had flown muslim pilgrims from Aden to Jeddah and was returning empty to Aden.
At night, it struck high ground some 10 miles east of Station Six on the Wadi Halfa to Atbara Railway.

While the destination Aden is south-southeast of Jeddah, the aircraft crashed southwest of Jeddah.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A navigational error on the part of the captain. This error was severely aggravated by the lack of proper radio aids from the destination airport, the unserviceability of the aircraft R/T equipment, and to a lesser degree the physical condition of the crew. The secondary cause was the aircraft coming into close proximity of high ground due to the captains uncertainty of his position."

Sources:
» The Straits Times 22 September 1952
» La Stampa 22 September 1952, p1


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Distance from Jeddah International Airport to Aden International Airport as the crow flies is 1138 km (711 miles).

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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