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Accident description
Last updated: 15 December 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 1 July 1948
Time:12:20
Type:Fiat G.212PW
Operator:Avio Linee Italiane - ALI
Registration: I-ELSA
C/n / msn: 04
First flight: 1948
Total airframe hrs:19
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Keerbergen Airfield (   Belgium)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Milano-Linate Airport (LIN/LIML), Italy
Destination airport:Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR), Belgium
Narrative:
The Fiat G.212PW opererated on a passenger flight from Milan Airport, Italy to Brussel Airport, Belgium.
The flight contacted the regional control centre at Beauvais, Belgium at 11:50 hours. Visibility was poor with a cloud base at approx. 100 m. In these conditions the flight crew were not able to find the airport. The crew apparently did locate the private airfield of Keerbergen. The aircraft circled the airfield and until it crashed in a forest. A fire erupted.

Probable Cause:

CONCLUSIONS (translated from French):
Adverse weather conditions and failures in the operation of radiocommunication and radionavigation equipment have led the captain to decide an emergency landing on a makeshift airfield.
To land at the beginning of the runway and not losing sight, the pilot flew a steep turn by tilting the left wing of the plane so that the roll angle put the aircraft at stall speed at low altitude.

Classification:
Low visibility
Loss of control

Sources:
» 1945-1960 I trasporti aerei in Italia dalla guerra all'era del getto / Paolo Gianvanni
» Leonardo Ferrero
» Rampen in BelgiŽ / Hans Van Riemsdijk, Christian Deglas
» Rapport d'accident survenu a l'avion Fiat G 212 P.W. avec immatriculation I-ELSA le 01/07/1948 a Keerbergen


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Distance from Milano-Linate Airport to Brussel-Zaventem Airport as the crow flies is 698 km (436 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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