Accident description
Last updated: 19 December 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 23 January 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-1-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-48313
C/n / msn: 25574/14129
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:Corsica ? (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Algiers-Maison Blanche Airport (ALG/DAAG), Algeria
Destination airport:Florence-Peretola Airport (FLR/LIRQ), Italy
Narrative:
A C-47B transport plane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea en route from Algiers, Algeria to Florence, Italy. Weather along the route was overcast clouds at 2000-3000 feet with snow storms along the way. The flight had taken off from Algiers at 11:03 hours with a planned arrival time at Florence of 15:43 hours. Last radio contact was at 15:06 when the flight was vectored down from 12,000 feet to 6,000 feet.
The plane likely impacted a mountainside on Corsica or in the area to the north of Pisa, Italy.


Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» MACR


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Distance from Algiers-Maison Blanche Airport to Florence-Peretola Airport as the crow flies is 1034 km (646 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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