ASN Aircraft accident Dornier 228-100 D-IGVN Dakhla
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Date:Sunday 24 February 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic D228 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dornier 228-100
Operator:Alfred Wegener Institut
Registration: D-IGVN
MSN: 7039
First flight: 1984
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:S of Dakhla (   Western Sahara)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Dakar-Yoff Airport (DKR/GOOY), Senegal
Destination airport:Lanzarote Airport (ACE/GCRR), Spain
The Dornier 228 named "Polar 3" was on a return flight (together with Do-228 "Polar 2") to Germany following a South Pole expedition. Both aircraft departed Dakar around 14:45 for a flight to Arrecife, Canary Islands. Last radio contact with Polar 3 was around 17:30. While overflying the Western Sahara, 5 minutes behind Polar 2 and at a lower altitude, Polar 3 was shot down by Frente Polisario guerrillas. They probably though the plane in question was a Moroccan spy plane. The Western Sahara territory was fully annexed by Morocco in 1979. A guerrilla war with the Polisario Front contesting Rabat's sovereignty ended in a 1991 cease-fire; a referendum on final status has been repeatedly postponed.

» Luchtvaartwereld nr.1, 1986 (p.19-20)


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Distance from Dakar-Yoff Airport to Lanzarote Airport as the crow flies is 1620 km (1013 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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