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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Date:Wednesday 4 April 1945
Type:Junkers Ju-252A1
Registration: DF+BW
MSN: J252-0011
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Reichenbach Airfield (   Germany)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Reichenbach Air Base, Germany
Destination airport:Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands (GCI/EGJB), United Kingdom
The Ju-252 transport plane was due to fly to the island of Guernsey to bring people back to Germany. The takeoff had been delayed due to engine trouble, but no problems were found.
Shortly after takeoff one engine lost power and the aircraft hit a hill.

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Reichenbach Air Base to Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands as the crow flies is 709 km (443 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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