- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: June 17, 1961
Time: 22:23
Location: Near Kano, Nigeria
Operator: Continentale Deutsche Luftreederei
Flight #: ?
Route: Tripoli - Kano
AC Type: Douglas C-54B-1-DC
Registration: D-ABEB
cn / ln: 10530
Aboard: 7   (passengers:5  crew:2)
Fatalities: 1   (passengers:1  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: Error in judgement on the part of the captain, who, after sighting the runway lights, concentrated on keeping them in sight and failed to make adequate reference to his flight instruments. As a result, he allowed the aircraft to descend below the obstacle clearance limit of 360ft. In the darkness, with no ground reference, the runway lights gave him insufficient guidance as to his height and angle of approach and he was unaware that the aircraft had descended to ground level. The fatigue of the captain and the failure to illuminate the aircraft's landing lights were conributing factors.
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