ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-53D Skytrooper (DC-3) 42-68846 Interlaken
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Date:Tuesday 19 November 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-53D Skytrooper (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-68846
MSN: 11773
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:19 km (11.9 mls) E of Interlaken (   Switzerland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:München-Riem Airport (MUC/EDDM), Germany
Destination airport:Istres-Le Tubé Airport (LFMI), France
The C-53 transport plane crash-landed at the 8000 feet-level of the Gauli Glacier. The survivors had to stay on the glacier for five nights before they were rescued.

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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 München-Riem Airport to Istres-Le Tubé Airport as the crow flies is 728 km (455 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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