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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 9 November 1945
Time:ca 20:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-60-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-24383
C/n / msn: 10245
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Palermo-Boccadifalco Airport (LICP) (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Athens-Hassani Airport (ATH/LGAT), Greece
Destination airport:Napoli Airport (NAP/LIRN), Italy
Narrative:
Controlled flight into terrain in poor visibility. About an hour before the crash the pilot reported he was lost. After some forty minutes the position was re-established but the plane impacted a mountain.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 The first seventy years Vol.2 / J.M. Gradidge


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Distance from Athens-Hassani Airport to Napoli Airport as the crow flies is 870 km (544 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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