- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: June 14, 1950
Time: 21:55
Location: Off Bahrain
Operator: Air France
Flight #: ?
Route: Saigon - Paris
AC Type: Douglas DC-4-1009
Registration: F-BBDM
cn / ln: 42990
Aboard: 53   (passengers:45  crew:8)
Fatalities: 40   (passengers:37  crew:3)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft crashed into the Persian Gulf while on approach on a flight from Saigon to Paris. Improper approach. Crew error. An alternate probable cause may been windshear. It was not know at the time that windshear conditions existed at temperature inversion levels for several days after Shamal dust storms. The aircraft may have run out of adequate forward speed at an altitude of 400 feet after descending through a headwind level into a tailwind level when committed to land. With surface winds relatively calm and in 2,000 meters of sand haze, the winds at 400 ft. may have been in excess of 80 knots.
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