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Last updated: 10 July 2020
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Date:Saturday 7 December 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7C
Operator:North American Aircraft Trading
Registration: VR-BCY
C/n / msn: 45545/1024
First flight: 1958
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Uli Airstrip (   Nigeria)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:São Tomé Island Airport (TMS/FPST), São Tomé and Príncipe
Destination airport:Uli Airstrip, Nigeria
Narrative:
Crashed during a single engine approach to Uli Airstrip during relief flight for Caritas.

The aircraft was part of the Biafran Airlift, which was an international humanitarian relief effort that transported food and medicine to Biafra during the 1967-70 secession war from Nigeria.



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Distance from São Tomé Island Airport to Uli Airstrip as the crow flies is 602 km (376 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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