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Last updated: 18 September 2018
Date:Friday 23 August 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-227
Operator:LARES - Liniile Aeriene Române Exploatate de Stat
Registration: YR-PIF
C/n / msn: 1985
First flight: 1937
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Risculita (   Romania)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bucharest-Baneasa Airport (BBU/LRBS), Romania
Destination airport:Arad Airport (ARW/LRAR), Romania
Crashed into Mount Gaina (SW of Cluj-Napoca), Apuseni Mountains (Carpates) in a hail storm.

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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 Bucharest-Baneasa Airport to Arad Airport as the crow flies is 419 km (262 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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