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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 17 April 1931
Time:ca 14:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ford 5-AT-C Tri-Motor
Operator:Prince V. Bibescu
Registration: CV-FAI
C/n / msn: 5-AT-088
First flight: 1930-01-20 (1 year 3 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Mohania, Bihar (   India)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Forced landed in a field about 45 miles east of Benares (Varanasi) after striking a vulture. Thus was the VIP aircraft of Prince George III Valentin Bibescu, President of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).

Sources:
» The Ford Tri-Motor 1926-1992 / William T. Larkins
» dmairfield.com


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