Airplane Crash - Near Casablanca, Morocco 05/18/1958

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Casablanca, Morocco


Date05/18/1958
Time04:30
LocationNear Casablanca, Morocco
OperatorSabena
RouteLisbon - Leopoldville
TypeDouglas DC-7C
RegistrationOO-SFA
Cn/In45157/737
Aboard65
Fatalities61
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft developed trouble in the No. 1 engine while en route from Lisbon to Leopoldville. While attempting to land in poor visibility on 3 engines, the aircraft stalled 80 ft. above the ground and crashed into a building and burst into flames. Pre-crash damage to the No. 1 engine. An error of judgment by the pilot in reapplication of power when the aircraft was neither in the appropriate configuration nor at a sufficient speed to carry out the attempted safety maneuver.

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