F-BAXB Douglas DC-3D
F-BAXB has just started
engines prior to making another trip from Le Bourget, circa 1948.
. Note Amiot AAC-1s (Junkers
Ju 52s) in background. This aircraft was one of a
4 "new" DC-3Ds purchased by the airline
from Douglas in 1946. F-BAXB was lost under
extraordinary circumstances. On 11 August 1951 it was
testing a new type of air
scoop fitted to one of the engines. This engine was either
stopped deliberately or failed in
flight and, when attempting to restart
it, the captain stalled the aircraft resulting in severe
buffeting which virtually broke the aircraft
apart. It crashed at Moisville, France killing the
five persons on board.