ASN Aircraft accident Junkers Ju-52/3mge OO-AUA Sint-Stevens-Woluwe
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 14 March 1939
Time:04:57 GMT
Type:Silhouette image of generic JU52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Junkers Ju-52/3mge
Registration: OO-AUA
MSN: 5815
First flight: 1937
Engines: 3 BMW 132
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sint-Stevens-Woluwe (   Belgium)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:London-Croydon Airport (-/-), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Brussel-Haren Airport, Belgium
The Junkers Ju-52/3mge, registered OO-AUA, departed London-Croydon Airport, U.K. at 03:20 hours GMT, bound for Brussel-Haren Airport in Belgium. It was a night-time postal flight with three crew members on board.
At 04:01 GMT the flight crew contact Brussels by radio and were given the latest weather observations: Moderate rain, Visibility 2 km, 10/10 low clouds SW wind at 30 km, ground pressure: 1016, 4 millibars. Last radio contact was at 04:55 GMT when the flight was about to land. Witnesses at the control tower saw the aircraft crossing the aerodrome at an altitude estimated at 50 - 60 m. It then descended to 10-20 meters until a go around was performed. Shortly afterwards the aircraft crashed in a field.

Crashed in a field at Sint-Stevens-Woluwe and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

Conclusions (translated from French):
In conclusion, the accident appeared to us to be attributable to an error of the pilot who made a go-around when the aircraft was in the final landing phase, flaps out, and was already losing speed.
The pilot's pilot error was caused by an initial error of judgement, as he felt that he could land without facing the wind when he had taken a large margin of safety at high altitude, a margin required by the poor weather conditions and the lack of clearance from the aerodrome boundary in the direction of landing.
The pilot did not appear to be concerned about the required landing direction indicated to him by the "T" and the landing light location.
His decision seems to have been dictated by the fear of missing the ground that he had had a hard enough time finding after a trip that was probably painful.
In any event, the terminal services do not appear to be questionable as to the origin and consequences of the accident.

Loss of control

» Belgian Civil Aircraft since 1920 / J.Appleton and A. Thys, 1980 (ISBN 0 904597 25 3)
» Rapport d’enquete etabli suite a l'accident survenu a l'aerodrome de Bruxelles (Haren) a l'avion Junkers Ju 52 immatricule OO-AUA le 14 Mars 1939


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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 London-Croydon Airport to Brussel-Haren Airport as the crow flies is 319 km (199 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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