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For sale: AIR FRANCE DOUGLAS DC4 F-BBDO  CIEL DE SAVOIE  1946 MAQUETTE AGENCE

AIR FRANCE DOUGLAS DC4 F-BBDO CIEL DE SAVOIE 1946 MAQUETTE AGENCE

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Asking reference: 12421
Printer, Edition, Brands, Fondeur : MAQUETTE ETUDE EXPOSITION
Creation date: 1946
Size: 23.6 X 14.4 X 28.8 (inches) / 60.0 x 36.5 x 73.0 (cm)
Condition backing / Material :Wood
Condition: A- ( fine )
Price: 2 450.00

Rare and splendid model of Air France agency in wood and metal, not restored, original painting and base, representing a Douglas DC4 registered F-BBDO named Ciel de Savoie.

History

Official Inquiry
Date: Saturday, February 3, 1951
Type/Subtype: Image of the silhouette of the generic DC4 model; the specific model of this accident may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4-1009
Airline : Air France
Registration: F-BBDO
Serial number: 42992
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Equipment: victims: 6 / on board: 6
Passengers: victims: 23 / on board: 23
Total: casualties: 29 / on board: 29
Device damage: Destroyed
Consequences: Deregistered (damaged beyond repair)
Accident site: 12 km (7.5 miles) north of Buea (Cameroon)
Accident site elevation: 2591 m (8501 feet) amsl
Flight Phase: In Flight (ENR)
Nature: Passenger Transport Intern.
Airport of Departure: Douala Airport (DLA/FKKD), Cameroon
Airport of destination: Niamey Airport (NIM/DRRN), Niger


The Air France DC-4, christened "Ciel de Savoie", landed in Douala at 12:00 am and, after refuelling, took off at 2:08 pm for the journey to Niamey, Niger. This leg was part of the Air France service between Brazzaville, Congo and Paris. The flight plan indicated that the pilot intended to take the southern route to Niamey, avoiding higher terrain, with an en route altitude of 8500 feet.

About four minutes after take-off, the flight made a steep climbing turn in a north-northwest direction, on a straight track to Niamey over the mountains of British Cameroon. The aircraft likely drifted into higher terrain until it headed towards the Cameroon Mountains (altitude 13 354 feet).

The crew was facing the sun. Seen through the mist, the mountain was probably only partially or faintly visible. They probably saw the mountain until it was too late to cross it. The pilot immediately made a steep left turn, but the aircraft struck the steeply sloping terrain with the left wing. The aircraft then struck the mountain at an altitude of about 8500 feet.

PROBABLE CAUSE: On their own initiative, the crew abandoned the current procedure and followed a different, imprecise procedure. Navigation was not sufficiently accurate and the draught was not checked. Error of judgement and overconfidence when flying over the mountainous mass.

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