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Last updated: 19 January 2021
Date:Wednesday 24 August 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation
Registration: VH-EAC
C/n / msn: 4606
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 38
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 50
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mauritius-Plaisance International Airport (MRU) (   Mauritius)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mauritius-Plaisance International Airport (MRU/FIMP), Mauritius
Destination airport:Cocos Islands Airport (CCK/YPCC), Cocos (Keeling) Islands
During takeoff from runway 13, engine number 3 lost power just before reaching the V1 speed of 115 knots. The captain pulled off the power, braked hard, and pulled selected reverse thrust. The aircraft however, did not decelerate as expected. The flight engineer feathered the number 3 engine and pulled its emergency shut-off valve. The Super Constellation, named "Southern Wave", could not be brought to a stop on the remaining runway and overran the runway at a speed of 40 knots. The airplane bounced over a low embankment, crashed into a gully and caught fire.

Runway excursion

» Misadventure at Mauritius / Macarthur Job, Flight Safety Australia, Jan-Feb. 2000, p.49-50


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Distance from Mauritius-Plaisance International Airport to Cocos Islands Airport as the crow flies is 4251 km (2657 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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