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Last updated: 15 November 2018
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Date:Friday 27 July 1934
Time:16:00
Type:Curtiss AT-32C Condor II
Operator:Swissair
Registration: CH-170
C/n / msn: 53
First flight: 1934
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wurmlingen/Tuttlingen (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Zürich-Dübendorf Airport, Switzerland
Destination airport:Stuttgart-Böblingen Airport, Germany
Narrative:
Crashed after only three months in service. The port inter-wing strut failed in heavy turbulence, causing separation of the engine and part of the lower wing.
The airplane operated on the flight Zürich-Stuttgart-Leipzig-Berlin.
The three crew members and the nine passengers died. The aircraft fell in a forest from a height of 3,000 meters and burned.

Classification:
Wing failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» Swissair Information website
» A Survey of Serious Aircraft Accidents Involving Fatigue Fracture. Volume 1. Fixed-Wing Aircraft / NRC Canada, 1983


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Distance from Zürich-Dübendorf Airport to Stuttgart-Böblingen Airport as the crow flies is 145 km (91 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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