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Accident description
Last updated: 18 March 2018
Date:Wednesday 19 July 1967
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4-1009
Operator:Air Madagascar
Registration: 5R-MAD
C/n / msn: 42991
First flight: 1946
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 73
Total:Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 77
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Antananarivo-Ivato Airport (TNR) (   Madagascar)
Crash site elevation: 1280 m (4199 feet) amsl
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Antananarivo-Ivato Airport (TNR/FMMI), Madagascar
Destination airport:Antsiranana/Arrachart Airport (DIE/FMNA), Madagascar
The DC-4 contacted the ground 720 m past the runway and became airborne again. The aircraft just cleared a 10-15 m rise 500 m past the point of first impact, lost control and crashed.
The airplane was on its way to Diègo Suarez (now named Antsiranana). One of the passengers killed was Malagasy Foreign Minister Albert Sylla.


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Antananarivo-Ivato Airport to Antsiranana/Arrachart Airport as the crow flies is 740 km (462 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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