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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 28 May 1955
Time:13:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-48479
C/n / msn: 25740/14295
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Deftinge (   Belgium)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France
Destination airport:København-Kastrup Airport (CPH/EKCH), Denmark
Narrative:
The C-47D transport plane was en route over Belgium when it experienced problems with one of the engines. When the engine failed, the aircraft began to lose altitude. Four crew members bailed out, landing in the vicinity of Overboelare.
The captain remained on board and steered the airplane for a forced landing. The aircraft touched trees and spun into a farm field at the Ottergemstraat of Deftinge, near Geraardsbergen.
The tail section broke off and the aircraft lost an engine in the accident sequence.

Sources:
» C-47 te Deftinge / bahavzw.be


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Distance from Paris-Orly Airport to København-Kastrup Airport as the crow flies is 1030 km (644 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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