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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 20 July 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-30-DK (DC-3)
Operator:L'Armée de L'Air
Registration: 476561/FRAMC
C/n / msn: 32893/16145
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:130 km (81.3 mls) S off Marseille, France (   Mediterranean Sea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Algiers-Maison Blanche Airport (ALG/DAAG), Algeria
Destination airport:Istres-Le Tubé Air Base (LFMI), France
Narrative:
A Douglas C-47B transport plane ditched in the Mediterranean Sea during a flight from Algiers, Algeria to Istres Air Base in France.
All twenty occupants were rescued.

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» El Litoral, 21-7-1948
» Leeuwarder courant, 21-7-1948


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Distance from Algiers-Maison Blanche Airport to Istres-Le Tubé Air Base as the crow flies is 768 km (480 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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