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Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz

Crash of a Lockheed L-749A Constellation on Mt Tibhirine: 8 killed

Date & Time: Nov 28, 1969
Registration:
5N-85H
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Faro – São Tomé – Uli
MSN:
2662
YOM:
1951
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a cargo flight from Faro to Uli with an intermediate stop in São Tomé with ammunition on board. While overflying Morocco by night, the crew encountered engine problems and informed ATC they want to divert to the nearest airport. The aircraft lost altitude then struck the slope of Mt Tibhirine located near the Mt Toubkal, south of Oukaïmeden, in the Atlas range. All SAR operations were suspended after few days as no trace of the aircraft nor the crew was found. In July 1970, the debris were located on the top of the mountain, at an altitude of 3,900 meters. All eight occupants were killed and the aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces.
Probable cause:
According to the the Biafran government, three of the four engines were out of service at the time of the accident.

Crash of an Avro 683 Lancaster I in El Kelâa des Sraghna: 20 killed

Date & Time: Aug 17, 1960 at 2345 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
55.S.4
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Paris – Istres – Agadir
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
15
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
20
Circumstances:
En route to Agadir by night, the crew informed ATC about an engine fire and elected to divert to Casablanca Airport. Shortly later, the airplane crashed in flames on a hilly terrain near El Kelâa des Sraghna, killing all 20 occupants. The airplane was also coded WU-26.
Probable cause:
Engine fire in flight.

Crash of a Vickers 458 Wellington XI in Marrakech: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 3, 1947
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
For undetermined reason, the twin engine aircraft failed to rotate, overran and hit a concrete wall. Lieutenant Billaud, pilot, and Lieutenant Grandjean, radio navigator, were killed. The aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-1-DK near Talmest

Date & Time: Aug 28, 1944 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
G-AGIR
Flight Phase:
Site:
MSN:
11932
YOM:
1943
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in a mountainous area located near Talmest. The occupant fate remains unknown.

Crash of a Savoia-Marchetti SM.83T in Dar el Caïd Allal Bou Fenzi: 7 killed

Date & Time: Dec 24, 1939
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
I-ARPA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Rio de Janeiro – Recife – Sal – Villa Cisneros – Lisbon – Seville – Rome
MSN:
34017
YOM:
1939
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
While overflying Morocco in poor weather conditions, the pilot lost control of the aircraft that crashed in Dar el Caïd Allal Bou Fenzi, some 60 km southeast of Mogador. All seven occupants, three Italian journalists and four crew members, were killed. This route was inaugurated from Rome to Rio de Janeiro three days ago, on December 21, 1939 and this was the first return flight to Italy with the German diplomatic mail on board.