Airplane Crash - San Miguel Island, Azores 10/28/1949

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - San Miguel Island, Azores


Date10/28/1949
Time02:50
LocationSan Miguel Island, Azores
OperatorAir France
RouteParis - Santa Maria - New York City
TypeLockheed 749-79-33 Constellation
RegistrationF-BAZN
Cn/In2546
Aboard48
Fatalities48
Ground0
SummaryWhile attempting for the third time to land at Santa Maria, the aircraft, flew into Redondo Mountain at 2,950 ft. on San Miguel Island. Crew error. Failure to carry out either of the two approach procedures adopted for Santa Maria airport. False position report give by crew. Inadequate navigation. Failure to identify Santa Maria airport when flying in VFR conditions. French middleweight boxing champion Marcel Cerdan, 33, and French violinist, Ginette Neveu killed.

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