1951 Misrair SNCASE Languedoc crash

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1951 Misrair SNCASE Languedoc crash
SNCASE Languedoc of Air France
SNCASE Languedoc of Air France, similar to the accident aircraft
Accident summary
Date 22 December 1951 (1951-12-22)
Site Tehran, Iran
Passengers 15
Crew 5
Fatalities 20 (all)
Aircraft type SNCASE Languedoc
Operator Misrair
Registration SU-AHH
Flight origin Baghdad Airport, Iran
Destination Tehran Airport, Iraq

The 1951 Misrair SNCASE Languedoc crash occurred on 22 December 1951 when a SNCASE Languedoc of Misrair crashed whilst attempting to land at Tehran Airport, Iraq during a snowstorm. All 22 people on board were killed. The aircraft was operating an international scheduled passenger flight from Baghdad Airport, Iraq to Tehran.

Aircraft[edit]

The accident aircraft was SNCASE Languedoc msn 41, registration SU-AHH.[1]

Accident[edit]

The aircraft, operating an international scheduled passenger flight from Baghdad Airport, Iraq to Tehran Airport was reported to have crashed 10 nautical miles (19 km) west of Tehran in a snowstorm.[1] All five crew and fifteen passengers on board were killed. The aircraft is reported to have circled Tehran four times before contact was lost with the control tower at about 8pm local time. It was assumed that the aircraft had returned to Baghdad. The wreckage was subsequently discovered the next day in a ravine. There were seventeen passengers listed, but two of them did not board the flight in Baghdad.[2] Amongst the casualties was American Henry Garland Bennett, director of the Technical Cooperation Administration (TCA), which oversaw the Point Four Program. Three other TCA members also died.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "SU-AHH Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "AIR CRASH NEAR TEHRAN" The Times (London). Monday, 24 December 1951. (52192), col D, p. 4.
  3. ^ "WORLD EVENTS IN EUROPE, ASIA AND AMERICA: A MISCELLANY OF NEWS". Illustrated London News (5881): p.25. 5 January 1952.