World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Air France Flight 212 (1968)

Article Id: WHEBN0035147749
Reproduction Date:

Title: Air France Flight 212 (1968)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Pan Am Flight 281, Air France accidents and incidents, Japan Airlines Flight 2, 1968 Kham Duc C-130 shootdown, Los Angeles Airways Flight 841
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Air France Flight 212 (1968)

Air France Flight 212
A similar aircraft registered F-BLCK
Occurrence summary
Date 6 March 1968
Summary Navigation error
Site La Grande Soufrière, Guadeloupe
Passengers 52
Crew 11
Fatalities 63 (all)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Boeing 707-328C
Operator Air France
Registration F-BLCJ
Flight origin Simón Bolívar International Airport (Venezuela)
1st stopover Lima, Peru
2nd stopover Quito, Ecuador
3rd stopover Bogotá, Colombia
4th stopover Caracas, Venezuela
5th stopover Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
6th stopover Santa Maria, Azores
Last stopover Lisbon, Portugal
Destination Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport

Air France Flight 212 was a Boeing 707-328C, registration F-BLCJ, that crashed into the northwestern slope of La Soufrière Mountain, in Guadeloupe on 6 March 1968, with the loss of all 63 lives on board. The aircraft, named "Chateau de Lavoute Polignac", was operating the CaracasPointe-à-Pitre sector of Air France's South America route.

When air traffic control had cleared the flight deck crew for a visual approach to Le Raizet Airport's runway 11, the crew had reported the airfield in sight. Flight 212 started to descend from flight level 90 and passed over Saint-Claude, Guadeloupe at an altitude of about 4,400 feet (1,300 m). As the aircraft continued north-westerly, it crashed into the Grande Découverte mountain, 27.5 km south-southwest of Le Raizet Airport and about 5 km from the main peak of La Grande Soufrière, at an altitude of 3,937 feet. The site is uphill from Saint-Claude and the Matouba hot springs.

The accident investigators cited the probable cause as a visual approach procedure at night in which the descent was begun from an incorrectly identified point. The aircraft had flown for 33 hours since coming off the Boeing production line, and was on her second revenue service (her maiden passenger flight was the previous day's outbound journey from Paris).[1]

The accident came six years after Air France Flight 117, another Boeing 707, crashed into a mountain further north on the same island while on approach to Point-à-Pitre's Le Raizet airport. Less than two years later, on 4 December 1969, Air France suffered another crash on the same leg of Flight 212 when the aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Caracas.

References

  1. ^ Aircraft accident Boeing 707-328C F-BLCJ Pointe-à-Pitre
Bibliography
  • World Accident Summary.  
  • Il y a 44 ans, un Boeing s’écrasait en Guadeloupe

External links

  • Air France Flight 212 (1968) at Airdisaster.com
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.