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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Date:Saturday 3 June 1944
Time:08:55 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: FD866
MSN: 9412
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 17
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:19 km (11.9 mls) SE of Mostaganem (   Algeria)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Biskra Airport (BSK/DAUB), Algeria
Destination airport:Oujda-Les Angades Airport (OUD/GMFO), Morocco
An RAF Dakota III, FD866, was flying on a routine transport flight from Biskra, Algeria to Oujda, Morocco. It left Biskra at 06:34Z and crashed into the side of a mountain at a height of 5,200 feet at approximately 08:55Z. The mountain top was covered in drifting cloud at the time of the crash. The aircraft was climbing steeply when it crashed. One passenger survived.
The Board of Enquiry commented that the radio aids were not used to assist navigation but that the pilot, who had flown over 100 hrs in the previous month was probably fatigued.

» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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Distance from Biskra Airport to Oujda-Les Angades Airport as the crow flies is 695 km (434 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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