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Grand Casablanca

Crash of a Sud-Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III in Casablanca: 61 killed

Date & Time: Apr 1, 1970 at 0945 LT
Operator:
Registration:
CN-CCV
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Agadir - Casablanca - Paris
MSN:
32
YOM:
1960
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
76
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
61
Circumstances:
The airplane was completing a flight from Agadir to Paris with an intermediate stop in Casablanca. On final approach, the crew encountered unclear technical problems when the airplane lost height and crashed 2 km short of runway 35 threshold. The aircraft was destroyed and 61 occupants were killed while 21 other were injured.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the final approach was continued below the glide as a result of various problems. During the descent, the fire alarm connected to the right engine came on in the cockpit and the flight engineer immediately switched all the power of the hydraulic pumps on the engine that the captain was shutting down, which blocked the transfer actions until the power supply on the left engine would be reactivated. At impact, controls started to function again but it was too late for the pilot-in-command to expect recovery.

Crash of an Ilyushin II-18V in Casablanca

Date & Time: Jul 9, 1967
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
3X-GAB
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Conakry – Rabat – Prague – Moscow
MSN:
181 0037 03
YOM:
1961
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
95
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The four engine aircraft departed Conakry Airport on an international scheduled flight to Moscow with intermediate stops at Rabat and Prague. While descending to Rabat, the pilot was informed by ATC that it was not possible to land in Rabat due to poor weather conditions and was vectored and rerouted to Casablanca-Anfa Airport. Unfamiliarized with this airport, the pilot-in-command started the approach to runway 21 at an insufficient altitude when he spotted a building in the approach path. He increased power and gain altitude, causing the aircraft to pass over the glide but continued the approach, causing the airplane to land too far down the runway. After touchdown, the airplane was unable to stop within the remaining distance, overran, lost its undercarriage and came to rest 300 meters further. All 102 occupants were evacuated, among them 10 were injured. The aircraft was destroyed and its wreckage caused the airport to be closed to all traffic for three days.
Probable cause:
Wrong approach configuration on part of the crew. As the landing procedure seems to be non compliant, the crew should attempt an go-around manoeuvre.