Airplane Crash - Casablanca, Morocco 07/12/1961

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Casablanca, Morocco


Date07/12/1961
Time01:29
LocationCasablanca, Morocco
OperatorCeskoslovenske Aerolinie
RouteZurich - Rabat
TypeIlyushin IL-18B
RegistrationOK-PAF
Cn/In181002904
Aboard72
Fatalities72
Ground0
SummaryOn reaching Rabat, the plane was diverted to Casablanca because of poor ground visibility. Conditions at Casablanca were a little better but the plane overshot the runway on its first approach. With worsening conditions the pilot asked to land at the U.S. Air Force base at Nouasseur. While the tower was seeking permission, the pilot saw a window of opportunity and tried again to land at Casablanca. The aircraft crashed into a hillside and burned eight miles short of the runway.

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