Date & Time: May 28, 1969
Type of aircraft:
Douglas C-54 Skymaster
Paris- Poitiers – Bordeaux – Toulouse – Pau
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Aircraft flight hours:
During the takeoff roll on runway 26, at an IAS of 61 knots, the pilot-in-command lost control of the airplane that swerved. It veered off runway to the left, hit several obstacles, went down an embankment, broke into several parts and came to rest in flames by the Route Nationale 7. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all three crew members were injured.
The loss of control was the consequence of an engine malfunction due to an error on part of the flight engineer who placed the main fuel selectors in a 'half-on' position which corresponded with the 'On' position in five of the DC-4 aircraft of the company.