Accident description
Last updated: 31 July 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 13 November 1950
Time:ca 18:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54B-1-DC (DC-4)
Operator:Curtiss Reid Flying Services
Registration: CF-EDN
C/n / msn: 10518
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 51 / Occupants: 51
Total:Fatalities: 58 / Occupants: 58
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:48 km (30 mls) S of Grenoble (   France) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italy
Destination airport:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France
Narrative:
A Douglas C-54B passenger plane, operated by Curtiss Reid Flying Services, was destroyed when it struck the 6740 feet high Tête de l'Obiou mountain near Grenoble, France. All 51 passengers and seven crew members were killed.
The airplane operated on a charter flight from Rome, Italy to Montreal, Canada with an en route stop at Paris, France. It was about 50 miles off course when it struck the mountainside.


Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Roma-Ciampino Airport to Paris-Orly Airport as the crow flies is 1102 km (689 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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