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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 31 March 1959
Time:16:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-8 (Super DC-3)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 17241
C/n / msn: 43343
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 20
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Napoli-Capodichino Airport (NAP) (   Italy)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Napoli-Capodichino Airport (NAP/LIRN), Italy
Destination airport:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML), Malta
Narrative:
Crashed after takeoff due to engine failure. One worker on the ground was killed.

Sources:
» La Stampa 1 April 1959, p7
» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
» L'Unità, 1-4-1959
» El Litoral, 31-3-1959 p.1
» Het vr?e volk, 1-4-1959


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Distance from Napoli-Capodichino Airport to Malta-Luqa Airport as the crow flies is 556 km (347 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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