Date & Time: May 12, 1948 at 1100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Johannesburg – Léopoldville – Libenge – Brussels
Democratic Republic of Congo
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The four engine aircraft left Léopoldville Airport at 0805LT bound for Libenge. About three hours later, as he started the descent to Libenge, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with heavy rain falls, low clouds and turbulence. While descending at an altitude of 700 feet, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in a wooded area located near the village of Magazini, some 27 km south of Libenge. A passenger was seriously injured while 31 other occupants were killed.
Loss of control caused by severe turbulence and/or downdraft while flying in poor weather conditions.