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1958 Central African Airways plane crash

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Passengers  47
Fatalities  36
Survivors  18
Number of deaths  36
Operator  Central African Airways
Crew  7
Injuries (non-fatal)  Unknown
Date  9 August 1958
Summary  Pilot error
Survivor  18
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Site  Near Benina International Airport in Libya
Destination  Benina International Airport
Similar  1958 London Vickers Vi, 1958 Channel Airways d, 1958 Dan‑Air Avro York, Winter Hill air disaster, KLM Flight 607‑E

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The 1958 Central African Airways plane crash occurred when a Vickers Viscount airliner crashed during a scheduled passenger flight from Wadi Halfa, Sudan, to Benghazi, Libya, on 9 August 1958 about nine kilometers southeast of Benina International Airport in Libya. A total of forty-seven passengers and seven crew members were on board of whom only eighteen survived, making it the deadliest ever plane crash in Libya at the time of the accident.

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Cause of the crash

According to an International Civil Aviation Organization accident digest, the plane crashed when making an approach to runway 33 Right and, while flying in clouds the pilot descended below the appropriate height, causing the aircraft to crash into high ground. While the reason for the quick descent remains unknown, it is believed the pilot may have misinterpreted the reading of his altimeter as a result of fatigue and possible indisposition.

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1958 Central African Airways plane crash Wikipedia


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