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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 14 January 1954
Time:11:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6
Operator:Philippine Air Lines
Registration: PI-C294
C/n / msn: 42902/150
First flight: 1949
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6 km (3.8 mls) E of Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA) (   Italy)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Beirut Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Destination airport:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italy
Narrative:
The PAL DC-6 was en route from Manila to London. After an enroute stop at Beirut, the plane continued IFR to Rome. Approaching Rome at 6500 feet the pilot lost control of the plane. The airplane crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Some unforseen fact to which the aircraft was subjected, as a result of which, being no longer under control, it went into a steep dive, probably on account of wing drop in the clouds, and crashed to the ground after an uncompleted pull-out. The Committee, although unable to affirm that wing drop could have been caused by atmospheric conditions, wishes to point out that there was pronounced turbulence in the area."

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» L'Unitá 15-1-1954


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Distance from Beirut Airport to Roma-Ciampino Airport as the crow flies is 2175 km (1359 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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