Accident description
Last updated: 20 April 2014
Date:Friday 28 November 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-6-DK
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-48736
C/n / msn: 14552/25997
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Trappa (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Pisa Airport (PSA/LIRP), Italy
Destination airport:Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB (FRF/EDAF), Germany
Crashed in the Italian Alps. The airplane was 30 miles off course. The wreckage was discovered eight months later.


» U. S. Air Transport Missing In Europe with 21 Aboard (Valley Morning Star, 1947-11-30)
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher


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Distance from Pisa Airport to Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB as the crow flies is 714 km (446 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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