Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Monday 16 October 1944
Time:20:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic JU52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Junkers Ju-52/3mg8e
Operator:Deutsche Lufthansa
Registration: D-ADQV
C/n / msn: 640608
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:1293
Engines: 3 BMW 132Z
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hestnutan, Seljord, Telemark (   Norway)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:København-Kastrup Airport (CPH/EKCH), Denmark
Destination airport:Oslo-Fornebu Airport (FBU/ENFB), Norway
Flightnumber: 7
Narrative:
The Junkers Ju-52/3m passenger plane, named "Hermann Stache" was destroyed when it crashed into a mountain (Skorvefjell) in bad weather. Three crew and twelve passengers were killed.
The airplane operated on Deutsche Lufthansa flight 7 from Berlin to Copenhagen and Oslo. It departed Copenhagen at 17:50. After passing Skagen, Denmark the airplane drifted West off course. Radio contact with the ground was lost and the crew initiated a descent when they assumed to be near Oslo. They descended below clouds in order to obtain visual contact with the ground. It collided with a mountain at an altitude of 1355 m.


Investigators concluded that the radio equipment of the flight had failed.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Junkeren som styrtet på Hestnutan


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Distance from København-Kastrup Airport to Oslo-Fornebu Airport as the crow flies is 487 km (304 miles).

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