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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 15 January 1946
Time:18:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota IV (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: KN557
C/n / msn: 33171/16423
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 23
Total:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 27
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) S of Marseille (   France)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Douglas C-47 flew off course until it crashed into a hill in poor weather. There were two survivors.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» RAFcommands.com Forum Thread: accident of Dakota IV KN557, 15th January 1946


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