Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 25 October 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 20 April 1945
Time:evening
Type:Silhouette image of generic JU52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Junkers Ju-52/3m
Operator:Deutsche Lufthansa
Registration: D-ANAJ
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 20
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Glienig/Steinreich (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Berlin-Tempelhof Airport (THF/EDDI), Germany
Destination airport:München-Riem Airport (MUC/EDDM), Germany
Narrative:
Shot down by Soviet Forces during evacuation flight. Crashed into forest at Glienig (Dahme/Spreewald). Three crew and seventeen passengers (one woman) on board. Two passengers survived. Among those killed was Hans Steinhoff (63, a German film director).
This was the last Lufthansa flight to leave Berlin before the end of World War II. It was destined for Prague with an intermediate stop in Munich.


Sources:
» Garnisongeschichte Jüterbog St. Barbara e.V.


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Distance from Berlin-Tempelhof Airport to München-Riem Airport as the crow flies is 494 km (308 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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