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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 14 November 1938
Time:18:41
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-194D
Operator:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Registration: PH-ARY
C/n / msn: 2021
First flight: 1938
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Amsterdam-Schiphol Municipal Airport (AMS) (   Netherlands)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Berlin-Tempelhof Airport (THF/EDDI), Germany
Destination airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol Municipal Airport (AMS/EHAM), Netherlands
Narrative:
A Douglas DC-3 passenger plane, operated by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, was destroyed when it struck terrain while on approach to Amsterdam-Schiphol Municipal Airport (AMS), the Netherlands. There were five crew members and 14 passengers on board. Four crew members and two passengers died in the accident.
The airplane, named"IJsvogel", took off from Berlin-Tempelhof Airport (THF), Germany at 16:27 on a flight to Amsterdam-Schiphol.
While on approach the airplane flew into terrain at cruise speed. It skidded 125 meters before coming to rest across a ditch.

Probable Cause:

The investigators were not able to determine the cause of the accident. Technical problems and weather circumstances were ruled out.

Sources:
» Opsomming van de bekende ongevallen en incidenten in 1938 / Herman Dekker


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Berlin-Tempelhof Airport to Amsterdam-Schiphol Municipal Airport as the crow flies is 582 km (364 miles).

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