Accident description
Last updated: 23 July 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 23 June 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-749-79-33 Constellation
Operator:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Registration: PH-TER
C/n / msn: 2541
First flight: 1947
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Total:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) off Bari (   Italy) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
Destination airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM), Netherlands
Narrative:
The KLM Constellation named "Roermond" was on a flight from Batavia (Jakarta) back to Amsterdam. After an intermediate stop at Cairo the airplane departed for the final leg to Amsterdam. It was flying at an altitude of about 4500 metres along the Italian coast when it lost control. The tail section reportedly separated from the fuselage and the Constellation broke up in flight. The wreckage fell into the sea just off Bari.

Classification:
Loss of control

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Distance from Cairo International Airport to Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport as the crow flies is 3266 km (2041 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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