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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 4 March 1954
Time:ca 14:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-45-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 42-24096
C/n / msn: 9958
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée (   France)
Crash site elevation: 2438 m (7999 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Roma-Ciampino Air Base (CIA/LIRA), Italy
Destination airport:Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN/EDFH), Germany
Narrative:
The C-47 transport plane flew into the side of a mountain at an elevation of 8,000 ft. The accident occurred in snow and low overcast conditions. The plane had drifted off the prescribed course and no wind drift correction had been made.
The airplane operated on a flight from Tripoli, Libya to Hahn, Germany with an en route stop at Rome, Italy.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999
» L'Unitá 7-3-1054


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Distance from Roma-Ciampino Air Base to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport as the crow flies is 988 km (618 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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