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Crash of an Airbus A300 in Dakar

Date & Time: Feb 12, 2000 at 0056 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TU-TAT
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dakar-Paris
MSN:
0282
YOM:
1983
Flight number:
RK304
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
171
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
38400
Aircraft flight cycles:
19600

Crash of a NAMC YS-11A-117 in Dakar

Date & Time: Dec 9, 1993 at 1839 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C5-GAA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dakar - Banjul
MSN:
2030
YOM:
1966
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
34
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Saint Louis, a Twin Otter operated by Air Sénégal was cleared to descend to Dakar-Yoff Airport and was instructed to maintain 3,000 feet over YF VOR. At the same time, the NAMC YS-11 departed Dakar-Yoff Airport on a regular schedule flight to Banjul. Registered C5-GAA, the aircraft was carrying 34 passengers and a crew of four. Its pilots were instructed to climb via radial 140 and maintain the altitude of 2,000 feet while over YF VOR. When both aircraft reached the YF VOR, they collided. While the crew of the NAMC was able to return to Dakar and land safely despite the left wing was partially torn off, the Twin Otter entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in the sea few km offshore. All three occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
It was determined that both crew failed to respect their assigned altitude, causing both aircraft to collide. At the time of the accident, the Twin Otter was about 100-300 feet too low and the NAMC was about 700-900 feet too high.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 off Dakar: 3 killed

Date & Time: Dec 9, 1993 at 1839 LT
Operator:
Registration:
6V-ADE
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Saint-Louis - Dakar
MSN:
393
YOM:
1973
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Saint Louis, the crew was cleared to descend to Dakar-Yoff Airport and was instructed to maintain 3,000 feet over YF VOR. At the same time, a NAMC YS-11A-117 operated by Gambia Airways departed Dakar-Yoff Airport on a regular schedule flight to Banjul. Registered C5-GAA, the aircraft was carrying 34 passengers and a crew of four. Its pilots were instructed to climb via radial 140 and maintain the altitude of 2,000 feet while over YF VOR. When both aircraft reached the YF VOR, they collided. While the crew of the NAMC was able to return to Dakar and land safely despite the left wing was partially torn off, the Twin Otter entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in the sea few km offshore. All three occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
It was determined that both crew failed to respect their assigned altitude, causing both aircraft to collide. At the time of the accident, the Twin Otter was about 100-300 feet too low and the NAMC was about 700-900 feet too high.

Crash of a Douglas DC-7C in Dakar: 3 killed

Date & Time: Oct 9, 1986
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N5903
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dakar - Dakar
MSN:
45071
YOM:
1956
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The four engine aircraft was engaged in a locust spraying mission in Senegal on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development. It was carrying one passenger, three crew members and a load of pesticides. Shortly after takeoff from Dakar-Yoff Airport, while in initial climb, white smoke was coming from the engine n°3 while the engine n°4 fire alarm sounded. The engine n°4 was shut down and its propeller was feathered when the aircraft lost height and crashed, bursting into flames. The passenger was seriously injured while all three crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
Engine problems for unknown reasons.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-5D Buffalo off Dakar: 12 killed

Date & Time: May 27, 1979 at 1010 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
5T-MAX
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dakar - Nouakchott
MSN:
88
YOM:
1978
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Circumstances:
Shortly after take off from Dakar-Yoff Airport, while climbing, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed into the sea few km offshore. All 12 occupants were killed, among them Ahmed Ould Bousseif, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The pilot was captain N'Diaye N'Diak, Chief of the Atar Airbase.

Crash of a Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation off Dakar: 63 killed

Date & Time: Aug 29, 1960 at 0647 LT
Operator:
Registration:
F-BHBC
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Paris – Dakar – Monrovia – Abidjan
MSN:
4622
YOM:
1955
Flight number:
AF343
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
55
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
63
Captain / Total flying hours:
20068
Copilot / Total flying hours:
7192
Aircraft flight hours:
16417
Circumstances:
The aircraft was on its way from Paris-Orly to Abidjan with intermediate stops at Dakar and Monrovia. While approaching Dakar just before sunset, the crew started an approach to runway 01 after declining an ILS approach to runway 30. The approach was abandoned due to low visibility caused by poor weather conditions and the captain decided to follow a holding pattern, waiting for an improvement of the weather conditions. Shortly after 0641LT, the crew started a second attempt to land on runway 01 but after reporting downwind at 0647LT, the airplane disappeared in a rain squall and crashed into the sea some 2,400 meters off the Mamelles lighthouse. The airplane sank by a depth of 40 meters and few debris and dead bodies were found about two hours later. All 63 occupants were killed.
Crew:
Lucien Boirre, pilot,
Jean Roze, copilot,
Eugène Schuller, radio operator,
Jean-Camille Baty, mechanic,
Louis Meleder, mechanic,
Geneviève Sabourin, stewardess,
François Quiret, steward,
Albert-Émile Guepratte, steward.
Probable cause:
Due to lack of evidences and to the fact that the aircraft was not equipped with flight recording systems, investigations were unable to determine the exact cause of the accident.
Final Report:

Crash of a De Havilland DH.89B Dominie in Dakar

Date & Time: Feb 26, 1960
Operator:
Registration:
OO-CJS
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Léopoldville – Dakar
MSN:
6429
YOM:
1938
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed on approach to Dakar Airport while on a flight from Léopoldville. All six occupants were injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Short S.25 Sunderland V off Dakar: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jul 7, 1958 at 1154 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
27.F.3
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dakar - Dakar
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
After completing a short local training flight, the crew was returning to his base at Bel-Air NAS in Dakar. Upon landing, the seaplane bounced and eventually broke in two and partially sank few dozen yards off the district of Hann Bel-Air, into the bay of Hann. Three crew members were killed while eight others were rescued. Few hours later, one of the survivor died from his injuries.
Crew (27F Squadron):
Mst Albert Le Prunnec, gunner, †
Mst Jean Quioc, navigator,
Off Legoff,
Off Giroguy,
2nd Mst Pierre Dauris,
Mst Jean Roche,
2nd Mst Marcel Riou,
Q/Mst Jean Gougeard,
Off Le Mouzy, †
Off Coen, †
Off Jourdan. †

Crash of a De Havilland DH.106 Comet 1A in Dakar

Date & Time: Jun 25, 1953 at 0600 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-BGSC
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Paris – Marseille – Dakar – Abidjan
MSN:
6019
YOM:
1953
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
22
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight and approach, the pilot-in-command landed properly and started the braking procedure when one of the main landing gear struck a hole in the runway surface. The gear's leg broke off and the airplane came on its belly, slid for dozen yards and overran before coming to rest about 40 meters past the runway end. There were no casualties but the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair. Brand new, it was delivered few weeks ago.
Probable cause:
Undercarriage collapsed while contacting a hole in the runway surface.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-35-DK in Dakar: 8 killed

Date & Time: Jul 12, 1951
Operator:
Registration:
980/F-RAMM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
16564/33312
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Dakar-Ouakam AFB, while climbing, the airplane stalled and crashed in flames. Eight occupants were killed while nine others were seriously injured.