Accident Douglas DC-6B F-BGTZ, Friday 26 December 1958
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Date:Friday 26 December 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-6B
Owner/operator:Union Aéromaritime de Transport
Registration: F-BGTZ
MSN: 43827/337
Year of manufacture:1953
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 70
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Salisbury Airport (HRE) -   Zimbabwe
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Salisbury Airport (HRE/FVHA)
Destination airport:Brazzaville-Maya Maya Airport (BZV/FCBB)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The UAT DC-6 was operating on a flight from Johannesburg to Paris via Salisbury (now Harare), Brazzaville and Nice. The aircraft took off from Salisbury runway 24 at 12:52 and climbed to a height of 50 feet. The plane then began to lose height and airspeed, despite full power and flaps at 20 degrees. The DC-6 struck the ground and caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft struck the ground shortly after takeoff as a result of an uncontrollable loss of airspeed and height due to a sudden squall accompanying the onset of a thunderstorm."


ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (240-245)


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