ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-6B 43748 Saint Denis
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Date:Saturday 9 March 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operator:L'Armée de L'Air
Registration: 43748
MSN: 43748/314
First flight: 1953
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 17
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Saint Denis (   Reunion)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Saint-Denis-Gillot Airport, Réunion (RUN/FMEE), Reunion
Destination airport:Djibouti Airport (JIB/HDAM), Djibouti
After takeoff the crew did not follow the correct departure procedure and did not turn out towards the ocean after takeoff. They continued over the island until it flew into a hill.
One of the passengers was the French Chief of Defence Staff, General Ailleret.

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Distance from Saint-Denis-Gillot Airport, Réunion to Djibouti Airport as the crow flies is 3837 km (2398 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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