Narrative:The aircraft was on a delivery flight from Paris to Hanoi with scheduled stops along the route. The stop after Nicosia was to be Basra, but failure of the HF radio equipment forced the crew to divert to Beirut, were the necessary repair services were available. Shortly before touchdown the aircraft struck a mound short of the runway damaging the right hand undercarriage, which collapsed on landing.
|Date:||24 JAN 1954|
|C/n / msn:|| 12416|
|First flight:|| 1944|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Beirut International Airport (BEY) (Lebanon)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
|Departure airport:||Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC), Cyprus|
|Destination airport:||Basra International Airport (BSR/ORMM), Iraq|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot error due to lack of knowledge of the terrain. The existence of the mound was only an aggravating circumstance. The failure of the right landing gear may be explained by the excessive landing weight of the aircraft."
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 47-AN/42 (52-53)
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Distance from Nicosia Airport to Basra International Airport as the crow flies is 1427 km (892 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.