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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
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Date:Thursday 21 December 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:South African Air Force - SAAF
Registration: KG498
C/n / msn: 12820
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 23
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:16 km (10 mls) SSW of Torrettoria (   Italy)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The aircraft was evacuating wounded personnel from Athens to Italy and there were seven RAF/SAAF men and sixteen others on board. The pilot descended in cloud when uncertain of the aircraft's position and the aircraft struck a hill at a height of 1200 feet about 25 miles from its destination. There was a single survivor.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» WW2 Talk


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Douglas DC-3

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  • 1350th loss
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