1951 Misrair SNCASE Languedoc crash
SNCASE Languedoc of Air France, similar to the accident aircraft
|Date||22 December 1951|
|Aircraft type||SNCASE Languedoc|
|Flight origin||Baghdad Airport, Iraq|
|Destination||Tehran Airport, Iran|
The 1951 Misrair SNCASE Languedoc crash occurred on 22 December 1951 when a SNCASE Languedoc of Misrair crashed whilst attempting to land at Tehran Airport, Iran during a snowstorm. All 22 people on board were killed. The aircraft was operating an international scheduled passenger flight from Baghdad Airport, Iraq to Tehran.
The aircraft, operating an international scheduled passenger flight from Baghdad Airport, Iraq to Tehran Airport was reported to have crashed 10 nautical miles (19 km) west of Tehran in a snowstorm. All five crew and fifteen passengers on board were killed. The aircraft is reported to have circled Tehran four times before contact was lost with the control tower at about 8pm local time. It was assumed that the aircraft had returned to Baghdad. The wreckage was subsequently discovered the next day in a ravine. There were seventeen passengers listed, but two of them did not board the flight in Baghdad. Amongst the casualties was American Henry Garland Bennett, director of the Technical Cooperation Administration (TCA), which oversaw the Point Four Program. Three other TCA members also died.