ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-74 Globemaster I HP-385 Marseille-Marignane Airport (MRS)
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Date:Wednesday 9 October 1963
Type:Douglas C-74 Globemaster I
Operator:Aeronaves de Panama
Registration: HP-385
MSN: 13915
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
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Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) S of Marseille-Marignane Airport (MRS) (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Marseille-Marignane Airport (MRS/LFML), France
Destination airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
The aircraft took off at night on runway 14, having misunderstood the ATC clearance which was runway 32. The plane crashed approx 7 NM south of the airport, hitting 800 ft high terrain only 15/20 feet below the summit.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain


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Distance from Marseille-Marignane Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 2725 km (1703 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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