F-BGTZ Douglas DC-6B
F-BGTZ was a passenger carrying DC-6B
purchased at the same time as two freighters. This
previously OO-SDF with Sabena. It was operating a
flight from Johannesburg
Paris (via Salisbury, Brazzaville and Nice) on Boxing Day (26 December)
1958 when it
after take off at Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia. The DC-6B had taken off from Salis-
runway 24 at 12:52 hrs and climbed to a height of approximately 50
feet. It then began
to lose height
and airspeed, despite full power and flaps at 20 degrees. The machine
caught fire. Three of the 63 passengers lost their lives.
Wind shear is suspected as
cause. A thunderstorm was in progress at the time.