Accident description
Last updated: 26 October 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 11 December 1948
Time:00:01
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R5D-3 (DC-4)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 56502
C/n / msn: 10643
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) S of Königstein (   Germany)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Berlin-Tempelhof Airport (THF/EDDI), Germany
Destination airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
Narrative:
The C-54 crashed in Taunus Mountains near Frankfurt-am-Main, when it was returning from Berlin (Berlin Airlift)

Sources:
» VR-6 Historical Report for 30 October 1948 to 31 January 1949


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Distance from Berlin-Tempelhof Airport to Frankfurt International Airport as the crow flies is 431 km (269 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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