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Accident description
Last updated: 28 March 2015
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 (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-48736
C/n / msn: 25997/14552
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-San Giusto 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.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» U. S. Air Transport Missing In Europe with 21 Aboard (Valley Morning Star, 1947-11-30)
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Distance from Pisa-San Giusto 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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