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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Wednesday 28 July 1937
Time:ca 10:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-2-115L
Operator:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Registration: PH-ALF
C/n / msn: 1585/F34
First flight: 1936
Engines: 2 Wright GR-1820-F53 Cyclone
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Beert (   Belgium)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Brussel-Haren Airport, Belgium
Destination airport:Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG/LFPB), France
Narrative:
A Douglas DC-2, operated by KLM, was destroyed when it impacted terrain near Beert, Belgium. All fifteen on board were killed.
The aircraft, named "Flamingo", operated on a regular passenger service from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Paris, France with an en route stop at Brussel, Belgium. At Brussel-Haren Airport two passengers deplaned and nine passengers boarded for the next leg to Paris.
The flight took off about 10:30 hours and climbed to an altitude of about 1200 meters. It entered a descent at an increasing rate until the aircraft impacted a field.
The cause of the crash could not be established. It was considered very likely that a fire of unknown origin had developed in the cabin prior to the accident. Several parts of the aircraft were found at a considerable distance from the main wreckage. An emergency exit hatch was found at 3 km from the main impact site.

Classification:
Cause undetermined

Loss of control

Sources:
» Opsomming van de bekende ongevallen en incidenten in 1937 / Herman Dekker
» aviacrash.nl


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Distance from Brussel-Haren Airport to Paris-Le Bourget Airport as the crow flies is 253 km (158 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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