Accident description
Last updated: 26 October 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 27 January 1948
Time:15:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-25-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 44-76443
C/n / msn: 16027/32775
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Montagne du Cheval-Blanc (Alpes-De-Haute-Provence) (   France) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Istres-Le Tubé Air Base (LFMI), France
Destination airport:Pisa-San Giusto Airport (PSA/LIRP), Italy
Narrative:
The USAF C-47 aircraft departed Istres-Le Tubé Air Base, France at 12:37 LT for a flight to Udine via Pisa, Italy. The pilot couldn't find his route because of a heavy snowstorm. He decided to return to Istres but the wind caused the aircraft to deviate significantly off course. The airplane flew into the side of a mountain 15:30 LT killing all occupants. The passengers were women and children of soldiers stationed at Udine. On 30th January, 1948 a B-17 Flying Fortress, searching for survivors, crashed at the same location. Nine occupants were killed and one survived.

Sources:
» Chroniques de Haute-Provence n° 354 (2005, 125e année), p 83-167.


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Distance from Istres-Le Tubé Air Base to Pisa-San Giusto Airport as the crow flies is 438 km (273 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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