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Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2015
Date:Tuesday 6 January 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3D
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BAXC
C/n / msn: 42972
First flight: 1946
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Gonesse (   France)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR), Belgium
Destination airport:Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG/LFPB), France
Struck trees while on final approach to Le Bourget Airport.
Pilot error and bad weather were contributing factors in the accident.

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Distance from Brussel-Zaventem Airport to Paris-Le Bourget Airport as the crow flies is 258 km (161 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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