Accident description
Last updated: 21 August 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 2 February 1945
Time:ca 10:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-18603
C/n / msn: 4728
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 26
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) W of Montieri (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Florence-Peretola Airport (FLR/LIRQ), Italy
Destination airport:Roma (unknown airport), Italy
Narrative:
En route to Rome, Italy, the C-47 entered a river valley. Hills on both sides of the river were obscured by strato-cumulus clouds and mist. When entering a fog bank the crew advanced the throttle levers in an attempt to climbing over the rising terrain. The aircraft contacted trees and crashed.

Classification:
Low visibility
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher


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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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Douglas DC-3

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