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Date:Wednesday 24 January 1979
Time:ca 19:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic N262 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Nord 262A-44
Operator:Air Algérie
Registration: 7T-VSU
C/n / msn: 19
First flight: 1966
Engines: 2 Turbomeca Bastan VI-C1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) from Béchar-Leger Airport (CBH) (   Algeria)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Adrar Airport (AZR/DAUA), Algeria
Destination airport:Béchar-Leger Airport (CBH/DAOC), Algeria
Narrative:
The aircraft descended too low and crashed 15 km short of the runway.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Non-compliance with prescribed procedures; lack of crew coordination; faulty altimeter; crew fatigue.

Sources:
» Nouvelliste Et Feuille Davis Du Valais January 26,1979


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Distance from Adrar Airport to Béchar-Leger Airport as the crow flies is 466 km (291 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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