Date & Time: Apr 22, 1960 at 0755 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas C-54 Skymaster
Landing (descent or approach)
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Brussels – Rome – Cairo – Bunia – Stanleyville – Elisabethville
Democratic Republic of Congo
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Following an uneventful flight from Cairo, the crew started the descent to Bunia in marginal weather conditions. In limited visibility due to low clouds, the pilot-in-command continued the approach at an insufficient altitude when the four engine aircraft struck the slope of the Bogoro Peak located about 8 km short of runway. The wreckage was found 60 meters below the summit and all 35 occupants have been killed.
The accident occurred because the pilot, the captain, carried out a descent while the height of cloud base (ceiling) was below the minimum required by the Administration and the Operator.