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Last updated: 22 October 2021
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Date:Thursday 12 February 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-53-DO (DC-3)
Operator:Det Danske Luftfartselskab - DDL
Registration: OY-DCI
MSN: 7330
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Ulrichstein (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:København-Kastrup Airport (CPH/EKCH), Denmark
Destination airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
Narrative:
Crashed on descent towards Frankfurt. The DC-3 carried out a flight from Copenhagen to Zurich via Frankfurt.
The flight crew tried to become visual with the ground and descended until the aircraft impacted a wooded area, some 70 km northeast of the airport.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

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Distance from København-Kastrup Airport to Frankfurt International Airport as the crow flies is 675 km (422 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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Douglas DC-3

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  • 2594th loss
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