Accident description
Last updated: 19 December 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 2 March 1948
Time:21:14 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:Sabena
Registration: OO-AWH
C/n / msn: 43154
First flight: 1947
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 22
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR) (   United Kingdom) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR), Belgium
Destination airport:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom
Narrative:
Visibility was 200yds when DC-3 OO-AWH approached London. The aircraft crashed just after completing a Ground Controlled Approach.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Misjudgement on the part of the pilot when endeavouring to land at night in conditions of very low visibility."

Sources:
» Flight International 11.3.1948 (p.280)
» List of passengers and crew on board OO-AWH


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Distance from Brussel-Zaventem Airport to London-Heathrow Airport as the crow flies is 348 km (217 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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