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Last updated: 17 September 2021
Datum:Samstag 25 Februar 1956
Zeit:ca 14:55
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-40-DK (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:Pakistan International Airlines - PIA
Kennzeichen: AP-ACZ
Werknummer: 33561/16813
Baujahr: 1945
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Lash Golath Mt. (   Pakistan)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Gilgit Airport (GIL/OPGT), Pakistan
Flug nach:Islamabad International Airport (ISB/OPRN), Pakistan
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."

» 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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