Crash site Argana, Morocco
Airline Air France
Aircraft Dewoitine D.338 – F-ARIC – Ville de Dakar
Route Dakar – Villa Cisneros – Agadir – Casablanca – Oran – Barcelona – Toulouse
Crew 3 – no surviviors
Passengers 6 – no survivors


The crash

The plane left Dakar at 06:00. At 15:30 the crew was informed of deteriorating weather and negative temperatures. A few minutes later the plane crashed on a mountain near Argana, 160 km southwest of Marrakech. Two hours after the last contact Air France sent out two search planes from Casablance – a Wibault 283 reg.no. F-ANBM and a Dewoitine D.338 reg.no.F-AQBO, but they were unable to locate the plane. The wreck of the plane was later found by a native in the Argana-Imin region.
The crash report concluded that the airplane was “victim of a sudden icing due to unpredictable weather conditions”.


The mail

A large part of the mail was recovered. A variety of crash markings are known from this crash – mostly of French origin (handstamps, service covers and manuscript notes).
I have only seen one cover with a Nordic relation (see below).



Examples of mail

19390502 025a 19390502 025b

Cover from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with stamps missing and illegible postmark. The stamps have probably been torn off by a stamp collector. The cover is addressed to Lysekil, Sweden.

French service cover type No 827 with 4-ine handstamp and postmark of the depot for damaged mail in Paris = DEPOT CENTRAL DES REBUTS PARIS 9 -5 39.