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Accident description
Last updated: 26 November 2015
Date:Wednesday 4 September 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3D
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BAXD
C/n / msn: 42975
First flight: 1946
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 26
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) S of Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG) (   France)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG/LFPB), France
Destination airport:London-Croydon Airport (-/-), United Kingdom
The DC-3 lost height and crashed onto a factory.
Air France's first air hostess, Paulette Vavasseur, was among the fatalities.

» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 43)


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Distance from Paris-Le Bourget Airport to London-Croydon Airport as the crow flies is 319 km (200 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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