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Last updated: 17 September 2021
Fecha:viernes 3 mayo 1963
Hora:13:27 UTC
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operador:Air Afrique
Registración: F-BIAO
Numéro de série: 45479/996
Año de Construcción: 1958
Motores: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 7 / Ocupantes: 7
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 48 / Ocupantes: 48
Total:Fatalidades: 55 / Ocupantes: 55
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Mt. Cameroon (   Camerún)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Douala Airport (DLA/FKKD), Camerún
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Lagos/Ikeja International Airport (LOS/DNMM), Nigeria
The Air Afrique flight took off from Douala runway 12 at 13:16 GMT on an IFR flight plan to Lagos, cruising altitude 16500 feet. Last radio contact was with Kano at 13:25 when the crew estimated leaving the FIR around 13:38. Two minutes later the aircraft struck Mount Cameroon in a straight climb at 6500 feet (800 m below the peak).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by a lack of caution on the part of the pilot-in-command who deliberately selected a route which led the aircraft into a dangerous and even prohibited sector at too low an altitude. Also, he neglected his navigation and transferred to instrument flight when approaching the mountain range."

» ICAO Accident Digest No.15 - Volume I, Circular 78-AN/66 (51-58)


photo of Douglas-DC-6B-F-BIAO
accident date: 03-05-1963
type: Douglas DC-6B
registration: F-BIAO

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 Douala Airport to Lagos/Ikeja International Airport as the crow flies is 760 km (475 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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