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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Date:Monday 23 January 1961
Time:ca 07:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic NORA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Nord 2501D Noratlas
Registration: GB+119
C/n / msn: D103
First flight:
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 739
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Vilkerath (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Köln-Wahnheide Air Base (CGN/EDDK), Germany
Destination airport:Köln-Wahnheide Air Base (CGN/EDDK), Germany
Crashed during training flight. The aircraft clipped wires and masts and crashed in a snow covered field.

The crew was killed: Helmut Wolf (pilot), Wolfram Miss (pilot), Erich Lauf (navigator) and Rudi Wilker (mechanic).

» Hamburger Abendblatt 23.1.1961
» Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 29.09.2011


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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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