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Last updated: 27 October 2017
Date: Friday 28 October 1949
Lockheed L-749-79-46 Constellation
Operator: Air France
C/n / msn: 2546
First flight: 1947
Crew: Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers: Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37
Total: Fatalities: 48 / Occupants: 48
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Redondo Mountain, São Miguel Island, Azores ( Portugal)
Crash site elevation: 900 m (2953 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature: International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France
Destination airport: Santa Maria-Vila do Porto Airport, Azores (SMA/LPAZ), Portugal
Lockheed Constellation F-BAZN departed Paris-Orly at 20:05 for a flight to New York with an intermediate stop at Santa Maria, Azores. At 01:41 the crew reported 150nm from Santa Maria with an ETA of 02:45. The ETA was later changed to 02:55. At 02:51 the flight reported flying at 3000 feet with the airfield in sight. After acknowledging landing instructions, nothing more was heard from the flight. The Constellation had struck the Redondo Mountain at an elevation of 900 m.
Famous violinist Ginette Neveu and famous boxer Marcel Cerdan were killed in the crash.
PROBABLE CAUSE: “Failure to carry out either of the approach procedures for Santa Maria airport. False position reports given by crew. Inadequate navigation. Failure to identify Santa Maria Airport, when flying in VFR conditions.”
(Source: AvSafe Photo: Public Domaine)