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Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 18 January 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DL (DC-3)
Operator:CSA Ceskoslovenské Aerolinie
Registration: OK-WDZ
C/n / msn: 9385
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 26
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:12 km (7.5 mls) from Toryska (   Slovakia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bratislava-Ivanka Airport (BTS/LZIB), Slovakia
Destination airport:Košice-Barca Airport (KSC/LZKZ), Slovakia
Narrative:
Due to poor weather conditions at the destination Kosice (KSC), the flight continued to Poprad/Tatry Airport (TAT). Strong winds blew the airplane off the approach course, causing a let down 11 km to the east and 3,5 km to the northern of the approach track. The airplane descended over mountains until it flew into the side of Mount Skapova (elevation (4042 ft).

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium pt. 67
» Air Britain Casualty compendium pt. 68
» Air Britain Casualty compendium pt. 66


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Distance from Bratislava-Ivanka Airport to Košice-Barca Airport as the crow flies is 300 km (188 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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