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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 25 February 1956
Time:ca 14:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-40-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Pakistan International Airlines - PIA
Registration: AP-ACZ
C/n / msn: 33561/16813
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Lash Golath Mt. (   Pakistan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Gilgit Airport (GIL/OPGT), Pakistan
Destination airport:Islamabad International Airport (ISB/OPRN), Pakistan
Narrative:
After arriving at Gilgit at 10:14 the captain chose not to carry passengers on the flight back to Islamabad-Chaklala Airport due to very bad weather conditions. The DC-3 took off at 14:00 and climbed to an altitude of 10000 feet. Very bad weather conditions (rain, sleet and a thunderstorm) were encountered as the aircraft entered the are of a gorge flanked by mountains rising up to 16720 feet. Two circuits were flown near the village of Jalkot until it struck the peak of the Lash Golath Mountain at 14-15000 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot error while he was attempting a flight beyond his ability or experience."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest No.8, Circular 54-AN/49 (60)


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Distance from Gilgit Airport to Islamabad International Airport as the crow flies is 278 km (174 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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