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Crash of a Douglas C-47-DL in Nouakchott

Date & Time: Jul 6, 1965
Registration:
6V-AAA
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dakar – Nouakchott
MSN:
4351
YOM:
1941
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The airplane crashed upon landing at Nouakchott Airport for unknown reasons. There were no casualties but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. It was performing a flight from Dakar on behalf of Air Mauritanie.

Crash of a Nord 2501 Noratlas in Fort Gouraud: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 15, 1965
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
152
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
152
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in Fort Gouraud (now Fderik). At least one crew member was killed.

Crash of a Short S.25 Sunderland V off Port-Étienne: 5 killed

Date & Time: Oct 23, 1957 at 2255 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
27.F.5
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The seaplane overturned while landing in the harbor of Port-Étienne by night. Three crew members were killed while eight others were injured. Few hours later, two of the survivors died from their injuries.
Crew (27F Squadron):
Lt Pierre Kerblat, pilot, †
2nd Mst Savannaz, pilot,
1st Mst René Gaspard, radio operator, †
2nd Mst Revert, radio operator,
2nd Mst Marc, navigator, †
2nd Mst Orlowrai, navigator,
2nd Mst Lucien Laloux, mechanic, †
2nd Mst Proco, mechanic,
2nd Mst Le Bars, gunner, †
2nd Mst Lachasseigne, gunner,
2nd Mst Bonnet, gunner.

Crash of a Handley Page H.P.81 Hermes IV near Atar: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 26, 1952 at 0845 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-ALDN
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
London – Tripoli – Kano
MSN:
81/15
YOM:
1950
Flight number:
BA251
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The aircraft took off on a scheduled service from Tripoli to Kano with a crew of eight and ten passengers. The weather forecast indicated fine weather en route and thunderstorms in the Kano area. Due to faulty use of the variation setting control on the Gyrosyn compass and the inability of the crew to determine the aircraft's position properly by the standard methods, the aircraft, with practically no fuel and over the desert, made a wheels-up landing in a wide depression littered with shifting sand-dunes surrounded by rocky escarpments. The port wing was torn off and the remainder of the aircraft slewed left and came to a standstill without breaking up. No fire resulted and all passengers and crew were evacuated without difficulty. Six were slightly injured but the copilot died five days later as a result of exhaustion brought about by strain and heat.
Probable cause:
Causes of the accident, in chronological order, are set out by the report as follows:
- Faulty use by the navigator of the variation setting control on the CL2 Gyrosyn compass,
- Faulty checking of compasses by incorrect astral bearing and without the aid of radio bearings,
- Incorrect inference drawn by the captain in pronouncing the CL2 Gyrosyn compass correct and the P.12 magnetic compass unserviceable,
- Fault on the part of the captain in not returning to Tripoli when the P.12 compass was regarded as unserviceable (in breach of BOAC regulations),
- Inability of the crew to realize that astro shots were being taken on the wrong stars,
- Inability of the crew to determine the aircraft's position properly by the standard methods when the VSC setting error was discovered,
- Lack of decisive action on the part of the captain once he knew he had lost his way,
- Ignorance, on the part of those on board, of the assistance which could have been afforded by Atar airfield.
Final Report:

Crash of a Lockheed 18-07 LodeStar in Port-Étienne

Date & Time: Jul 2, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-ARTL
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Toulouse – Alicante – Casablanca – Port-Étienne – Dakar
MSN:
2011
YOM:
1940
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after take off from Port-Étienne Airport, while in initial climb, the twin engine aircraft stalled and crashed near the runway end. All three occupants were injured while the aircraft was destroyed. The crew was completing a regular mail flight from Toulouse to Dakar.

Crash of a Morane-Saulnier 60M Moth in Mauritania

Date & Time: Oct 30, 1932
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-AJOM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
MSN:
23
YOM:
1930
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Owned by the French M. Montigny, the aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances. Occupant fate unknown.

Crash of a Latécoère 28/1 in Port Étienne: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 12, 1932
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-AJIP
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dakar – Port Étienne – Algiers – Paris
MSN:
905
YOM:
1929
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Port Étienne (Nouadhibou), aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances. The pilot Albert Pinot, sole on board, was killed.

Crash of a Breguet 14A.2 in Port Etienne: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 17, 1925
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-AEGZ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
168
YOM:
1922
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Pilot Guy Martin des Pallières was performing a mail flight between South America and France. While cruising over Port Etienne (Nouadhibou), Mauritania, he suffered sunstroke and lost control of the aircraft which crashed on the ground. He was rescued and transferred to a local hospital where he died from his injuries a day later.