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Accident description
Last updated: 28 April 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 26 January 1947
Time:15:35 GMT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Registration: PH-TCR
C/n / msn: 25479/14034
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:1686
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3-G
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:KÝbenhavn-Kastrup Airport (CPH) (   Denmark)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:KÝbenhavn-Kastrup Airport (CPH/EKCH), Denmark
Destination airport:Stockholm-Bromma Airport (BMA/ESSB), Sweden
Narrative:
A Douglas DC-3C, PH-TCR, operated a KLM passenger service from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Stockholm, Sweden with an en route stop at Copenhagen, Denmark. The first leg of the flight was uneventful.
The aircraft took off from Copenhagen and was seen to enter a steep climb, pitching up to 45į. The aircraft then stalled at a height of about 100 m and fell off to the left. It impacted the ground and burst into flames. All 22 occupants were killed.
Among the passengers were the Swedish Prince Gustaf Adolf and American singer and actress Grace Moore.

An investigation revealed that a 19-year old airport employee had been engaged in preparing the aircraft for departure. He had started his job on January 7 and did not have any prior experience. He had received incomplete instructions. He did remove the rudder lock, but failed to remove the elevator locking pins.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure to remove the elevator locking pins."

Classification:
Locked rudders/ailerons/gustlock
Loss of control

Sources:
» Dakota : DC-3/C47's onder Nederlandse vlag
» 26.01.1947 PH-TCR Douglas C-47A (by H. Dekker)


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Distance from KÝbenhavn-Kastrup Airport to Stockholm-Bromma Airport as the crow flies is 518 km (324 miles).

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