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Last updated: 3 August 2020
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Date:Wednesday 25 January 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic NORA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Nord 2501 Noratlas
Operator:L'Armée de L'Air
Registration: 70
C/n / msn: 70
First flight: 1955
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 739
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Mouzaia (   Algeria)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Blida Airport (QLD/DAAB), Algeria
Destination airport:Blida Airport (QLD/DAAB), Algeria
Narrative:
Two Nord 2501F Noratlas transport planes of the French Air Force, 48 and 70, were damaged beyond repair in a collision. The aircraft were part of a three-ship formation on a paratroop exercise.
The propeller of the no.1 engine of one aircraft touched the tail section of the preceding aircraft.
Noratlas 48 crashed, killing all five occupants. Noratlas 70 crash-landed. One of the crew members bailed out but died when the parachute did not deploy.

Sources:
» L'Écho d'Oran 26 January 1956
» L'Écho d'Oran 28 January 1956
» Correio da Manhã 26 January 1956, p8
» stratisc.org
» Commandos et Parachutistes Forum


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