Accident Douglas DC-6B F-BIAO, Friday 3 May 1963
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Date:Friday 3 May 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-6B
Owner/operator:Air Afrique
Registration: F-BIAO
MSN: 45479/996
Year of manufacture:1958
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Fatalities:Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Mt. Cameroon -   Cameroon
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Douala Airport (DLA/FKKD)
Destination airport:Lagos/Ikeja International Airport (LOS/DNMM)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Air Afrique flight took off from Douala runway 12 at 13:16 GMT on an IFR flight plan to Lagos, cruising altitude 16500 feet. Last radio contact was with Kano at 13:25 when the crew estimated leaving the FIR around 13:38. Two minutes later the aircraft struck Mount Cameroon in a straight climb at 6500 feet (800 m below the peak).

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by a lack of caution on the part of the pilot-in-command who deliberately selected a route which led the aircraft into a dangerous and even prohibited sector at too low an altitude. Also, he neglected his navigation and transferred to instrument flight when approaching the mountain range."


ICAO Accident Digest No.15 - Volume I, Circular 78-AN/66 (51-58)


  • 8th worst accident in 1963
  • 12th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 7th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Mel Lawrence; Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG); May 1962

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