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Air France Flight 2005

An aircraft same as the crashed one
Accident summary
Date September 12, 1961
Type Error in instrument reading
Site Near Rabat
Passengers 71
Crew 6
Injuries 0
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Sud Aviation Caravelle
Operator Air France
Tail number F-BJTB
Flight origin Paris-Orly Airport (ORY)
Stopover Rabat-Salé Airport (RBA)
Destination Casablanca (CMN)

Air France Flight 2005 on September 12, 1961 was a scheduled passenger service from Paris-Orly Airport to Casablanca airport with a stop at Rabat-Salé Airport. The Sud Aviation Caravelle aircraft crashed on the same date at 21:09 GMT near a place called Douar Doum 8.4 km from the threshold of runway 04 and 1.4 km to the left of the extended centreline at height of 87.5m above the sea level, killing all 77 persons on board, including 6 crew members. The weather was foggy and not favourable for landing.

Flight history

The aircraft departed from Paris (ORY) at 18:26 GMT for the first leg to Rabat with passengers and load in the limits and fuel for four hours. The flight was uneventful until approaching Rabat/Salè airport.The plane hit the ground before reaching the runway and aside from the airport at 21:09. The aircraft was completely destroyed.

The investigation

The investigation concluded that there were no evidences for technical failure, neither for physical failure of the personnel, nor failure of the air traffic control. The weather conditions were very unfavourable for landing at Rabat/Salè and fast changing and deteriorating minutes before the accident. The pilot was advised by the Air France operations agent in Casablanca and considered landing directly at Casablanca due to the weather conditions. During the flight the crew briefed the weather several times with the air traffic control and finally decided to land at Rabat, using the Non-directional beacon. Traffic control warned the pilot that the NDB was not in-line with the runway, but this message received no response. Therefore the investigation reported as probable cause an "Error in instrument reading".

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