Accident Douglas DC-4-1009 OD-AEC, Monday 9 July 1962
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Date:Monday 9 July 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-4-1009
Owner/operator:Trans Mediterranean Airways - TMA
Registration: OD-AEC
MSN: 42918
Year of manufacture:1946
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:2,2 km NE off Brindisi-Papola Casale Airport (BDS) -   Italy
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Brindisi-Papola Casale Airport (BDS/LIBR)
Destination airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Flight 104, a TMA DC-4 departed London at 12:02 GMT on the return trip to Beirut via Frankfurt and Brindisi.
The plane arrived at Brindisi at 20:30 GMT and took off from runway 05 at 21:41 GMT for Beirut. The plane, however, didn't gain enough height and started to descend again after reaching 60 m. The DC-4 banked slightly to the left and struck the sea 2250 m from the end of the runway, 4 degrees left of the extended runway centreline.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was probably caused by a loss of power on No.1 and 2 engines following takeoff, which resulted in a gradual loss of height. The probable slow psycho-physical reaction of the crew, due to fatigue, may have prevented perception of the danger and the timely execution of manoeuvres to prevent the accident, or minimize its consequences."


ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume II, Circular 71-AN/63 (97-99)


  • 91st worst accident in 1962
  • 115th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 88th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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