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Accident description
Last updated: 27 June 2016
Status:
Date:Monday 24 January 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota IV (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: KN491
C/n / msn: 33009/16261
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 25
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Utecht (   Germany)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Berlin-R.A.F. Gatow Airport (GWW/EDBG), Germany
Destination airport:Lübeck-Blankensee RAF Station (LBC/EDHL), Germany
Narrative:
The Dakota crashed into a forest in East Germany while approaching Lübeck at night.

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» The History of British Military Conflicts since 1945
» Die Rosinenbomber: Die Berliner Luftbrücke 1948/49, Huschke, Wolfgang J
» Die Luftbrücke tv documentary


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Distance from Berlin-R.A.F. Gatow Airport to Lübeck-Blankensee RAF Station as the crow flies is 217 km (136 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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