Date: February 23, 1955
Time: 09:20
Location: Salisbury, Zimbabwe
Operator: Central African Airways
Flight #: 626
Route: Salisbury - Lusaka
AC Type: Douglas DC-3
Registration: VP-YKO
cn / ln: 15109/26554
Aboard: 26   (passengers:21  crew:5)
Fatalities: 1   (passengers:0  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: The pilot began taking off and retracted the landing gear when smoke was observed in the cockpit. He attempted to belly land the plane. The propellers separated and penetrated the fuselage killing the fight engineer. The presence of smoke in the flight crew compartment in sufficient quantity to make the captain apprehensive of fire and to cause him to land the aircraft immediately with the landing gear retracted. A fractured rubber hose on the port engine connecting the rocker box of one of the lower cylinders to the collector box caused smoke to enter the wheel well and into the crew compartment.

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