Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 22 March 1952
Time:10:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6
Operator:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Registration: PH-TPJ
C/n / msn: 43114/102
First flight: 1948
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 37
Total:Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 47
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 7 km NE of Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) (   Germany) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italy
Destination airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
Narrative:
KLM Douglas DC-6 "Koningin Juliana" was on a return flight from Johannesburg to Amsterdam when it approached Frankfurt. The crew of PH-TPJ contacted Frankfurt ATC at 10:38 and reported overhead the 'Staden' beacon at 4000 feet. At 10:45 the flight reported approaching the 'Offenbach' beacon and descending to 750m. Nothing more was heard from the flight. About five minutes later the aircraft crashed and burned in a forest.

Sources:
» Volkskrant 24.03.1952


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Distance from Roma-Ciampino Airport to Frankfurt International Airport as the crow flies is 960 km (600 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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