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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 27 July 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-10-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Tropic Airways
Registration: ZS-DFB
C/n / msn: 12414
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 32
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 160 km off Benghazi (   Mediterranean Sea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML), Malta
Destination airport:Benghazi-Benina International Airport (BEN/HLLB), Libya
Narrative:
Ditched during a cross-Mediterranean flight from Malta to Benina. This was a leg on the Amsterdam-Johannesburg flight. All occupants were rescued by a US Navy SA-16 Albatross and transferred to Royal Navy ships.

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» The Windsor Daily Star - Jul 28, 1952
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 54)


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Distance from Malta-Luqa Airport to Benghazi-Benina International Airport as the crow flies is 674 km (421 miles).

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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