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Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Friday 13 June 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas TP-79 (C-47-DL)
Operator:Svensk Flygvapnet (Swedish Air Force)
Registration: 79001
C/n / msn: 9001
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:E off Gotska Sandön island [Baltic Sea] (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Stockholm-Bromma Airport (BMA/ESSB), Sweden
Destination airport:Stockholm-Bromma Airport (BMA/ESSB), Sweden
Narrative:
The ELINT-plane was surveying Soviet military installations in what are now the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It was shot down by Soviet fighters over the Baltic Sea. A search for the lost DC-3 began immediately both by sea and by air with two Consolidated Catalina planes. On the 16 June, one of the Catalinas was attacked by two soviet MiG-15s over international water north-west of Dagö. They were pursued to the west under continued firing and was finally forced to land. The crew was picked up by a West German ship; 10 minutes later the Catalina sank. The Soviet Union denied involvement in the shootdown of the DC-3 until 1991. The wreckage was found on June 18, 2003 and later salvaged. It's on display at the Swedish Air Force Museum in Linköping.

Sources:
» Cold War Spy Plane Found in Baltic Sea (NGC)
» AP
» BBCi h2h2 Entry ID: A790049


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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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