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Last updated: 15 July 2020
Date:Thursday 18 February 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic JU52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Junkers Ju-52
Registration: 1015 / 4S-5
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Engines: 3 Bristol Hercules 739
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) from Zaghouan (   Tunisia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Oran-Tafaraoui Airport (TAF/DAOL), Algeria
Destination airport:Bizerte-Sidi Ahmed Air Base (DTTB), Tunisia
Flew into the side of a 3600 ft high mountain at night.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Feb 20, 1954
» L'Unitá, 19-2-1954
» Mémorial des officiers de marine


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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 Oran-Tafaraoui Airport to Bizerte-Sidi Ahmed Air Base as the crow flies is 936 km (585 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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