Airplane Crash - Off Bahrain 06/14/1950

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Off Bahrain


Date06/14/1950
Time21:55
LocationOff Bahrain
OperatorAir France
RouteSaigon - Paris
TypeDouglas DC-4-1009
RegistrationF-BBDM
Cn/In42990
Aboard53
Fatalities40
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed into the Persian Gulf while on approach on a flight from Saigon to Paris. Improper approach. Crew error. An alternate probable cause may been windshear. It was not know at the time that windshear conditions existed at temperature inversion levels for several days after Shamal dust storms. The aircraft may have run out of adequate forward speed at an altitude of 400 feet after descending through a headwind level into a tailwind level when committed to land. With surface winds relatively calm and in 2,000 meters of sand haze, the winds at 400 ft. may have been in excess of 80 knots.

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