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Crash of a Lockheed C-130H Hercules in Biskra: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 3, 2018
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
7T-WHT
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Biskra - Biskra
MSN:
4911
YOM:
1981
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful paratroopers mission in the region of Biskra, the crew was returning to Biskra-Mohamed Khider Airport when, on final approach, the airplane crashed few km short of runway and came to rest, broken in two. All nine crew members were injured and the aircraft was destroyed. A day later, one of the survivor died from his injuries.

Crash of a Beechcraft 70 Queen Air in Arris: 8 killed

Date & Time: Jan 21, 1971
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
7T-VSI
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Algiers - Biskra
MSN:
LB-15
YOM:
1969
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
Operated by Air Algérie, the twin engine aircraft was chartered by an Oil Company to transfer four French and two Algerian engineers to Biskra. While cruising in limited visibility, the crew started the descent when the airplane struck a mountain slope located in the Aurès Mountain Range. The wreckage was found near Arris, some 80 km northeast of Biskra Airport. All eight occupants were killed, among them to French pilots.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-5-DK in Biskra: 32 killed

Date & Time: Apr 8, 1957
Operator:
Registration:
F-BEIK
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
El Oued – Biskra – Alger – Marseille – Paris
MSN:
14411/25856
YOM:
1944
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
27
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
32
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Biskra Airport, while climbing, the left engine failed. The aircraft stalled and crashed less than one km from the airfield and was destroyed upon impact. All 32 occupants have been killed.
Crew:
Jean-Marie Girardeau-Montaut, pilot,
M. Leclerc, copilot,
M. Vergnolle, radio operator,
M. Lageat, mechanic,
M. Ramel, steward.
Probable cause:
Failure of the left engine during initial climb.

Crash of a SNCAC NC.702 Martinet near Palestro: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jan 8, 1948
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
F-BDLG
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Algiers – Biskra – Philippeville
MSN:
275
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
While cruising in marginal weather conditions, the radio navigator informed ground that an engine failed and elected to return to Algiers. Shortly later, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in an affluent of the Isser River, about 11 km from Palestro (now Lakhdaria). All nine occupants were killed.
Crew:
Mr. Péhu, pilot,
Mr. Suhaud, radio navigator.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.

Crash of a Douglas C-54B-1-DC near Biskra: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jun 18, 1945
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
42-72372
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
10477
YOM:
1944
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
Crashed in a desert area located some 96 km southeast of Biskra, killing all four crew members.
Crew:
Cpt Lawrence G. Boyts,
F/O Arthur M. Cranmer,
T/Sgt Rowland R. Moss,
Cpl Edward J. Ryan.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-30-DL in Oujda: 16 killed

Date & Time: Jun 3, 1944
Operator:
Registration:
FD886
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Biskra – Oujda
MSN:
9538
YOM:
1943
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
16
Circumstances:
The aircraft left Biskra at 0643LT on a routine transport flight to Oujda. Five minutes before its own signaled ETA, the pilot took advantage of a hole in the cloud over which he had been flying for some considerable time, to get below the cloud. Upon breaking cloud, the aircraft was seen to circle in a valley. Unaccountably, the aircraft was seen to turn to port and climb into cloud away from a road and valley, which was clear, with visibility 4 to 5 miles below cloud. The mountaintop was covered by drifting cloud at the time and the aircraft was climbing steeply when it crashed. It crashed into the side of a mountain, killing 16 on board. One passenger survived.
Source:
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19440603-2
Probable cause:
An Inquiry into the accident found that "the accident was a gross error of judgement by the pilot in flying blind unnecessarily when uncertain of his position, and for the navigator’s poor navigation who did not use all means at his disposal."