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Accident description
Last updated: 24 May 2016
Date:Tuesday 13 November 1951
Time:ca 13:00
Type:Fairchild C-82A-FA Packet
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 45-57801
C/n / msn: 10171
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 36
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:32 km (20 mls) SW of Clermont-Ferrand (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB (FRF/EDAF), Germany
Destination airport:Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD/LFBD), France
The C-82 Packet flew into the side of the Mt.Dore in poor weather. The pilot had received weather and winds for 8,000 feet but flew the flight at 6,000 feet
and then failed to account for wind drift during the flight which put the flight off track.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Fairchild C-82 Packet website / Simon Beck


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Distance from Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB to Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport as the crow flies is 900 km (563 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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