Accident Douglas DC-4-1009 OO-CBE, Wednesday 12 May 1948
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Date:Wednesday 12 May 1948
Time:11:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-4-1009
Owner/operator:Sabena
Registration: OO-CBE
MSN: 42932
Year of manufacture:1946
Fatalities:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 32
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:near Magazini -   Congo (Democratic Republic)
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Léopoldville-N'Djili Airport (FIH/FZAA)
Destination airport:Libenge Airport (LIE/FZFA)
Narrative:
The Douglas DC-4, OO-CBE, operated on a flight from Léopoldville (now Kinshasa) to Brussels, Belgium. The aircraft was descending towards Libenge, the first stop on the route, when it penetrated a very turbulent line of clouds at an altitude of 700 feet. The aircraft lost height and crashed into a forest.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot flew the aircraft into the active centre of a tornado at a low altitude and the aircraft was probably forced to the ground by a donwnward gust."

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  • 11th worst accident in 1948
  • 44th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 10th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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