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Accident description
Last updated: 17 February 2018
Date:Monday 24 March 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-07-01 Lodestar
Operator:Société Africaine des Transports Tropicaux - SATT
Registration: F-ARTE
C/n / msn: 18-2005
First flight: 1940
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Gao Airport (GAQ) (   Mali)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Gao Airport (GAQ/GAGO), Mali
Destination airport:?
Crashed shortly after takeoff from Gao, Mali. The airplane operated on a flight from Abidjan to Nice.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An untimely contact with the ground after a take-off at night without any visible reference beyond the runway lights. The contact was due to an unsuspected loss of altitude. The reasons for this poor altitude control are not well-known; they may be attributed to the pilot's state of fatigue or to an occurrence, perhaps of minor significance in the cockpit which distracted the pilot's attention."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground


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