ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-5-DL (DC-3) 42-23368 Karlovy Vary
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Date:Tuesday 22 April 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-5-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-23368
MSN: 9230
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:32 km (20 mls) S of Karlovy Vary (   Czech Republic)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:München-Riem Airport (MUC/EDDM), Germany
Destination airport:München-Riem Airport (MUC/EDDM), Germany
The Douglas C-47A, attached to the 11th Troup Carrier Squadron, USAFE, operated on a night-time navigation training excersice out of München-Riem Airport, Germany.
On the last part of the flight the compass position became erratic. The flight crew was not able to locate München. When running low on fuel, the three crew members decided to bail out. They landed at Karlovy Vary in Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). The aircraft continued and crashed 32 km further.

Probable Cause:

Cause factors:
- Pilot depended entirely on radio aids after position became uncertain
- Pilot- poor planning in procedure for locating his position after over flying his ETA
Possible causal factors:
- Possible deviation in magnetic compass
- Possible malfunction of radio range

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