Accident description
Last updated: 31 October 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 12 December 1954
Time:23:02
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-10-DK (DC-3)
Operator:CSA Ceskoslovenské Aerolinie
Registration: OK-WDK
C/n / msn: 12549
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:14,5 km (9.1 mls) NNE of Bratislava-Ivanka Airport (BTS) (   Slovakia) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Brno Turany Airport (BRQ/LKTB), Czech Republic
Destination airport:Bratislava-Ivanka Airport (BTS/LZIB), Slovakia
Narrative:
The DC-3, registered OK-WDK, operated on a cargo flight from Prague's Ruzyne Airport (PRG) to Brno (BRQ) and Bratislava-Ivanka Airport (BTS).
The first leg of the flight was uneventful. The crew contacted Bratislava at 22:42. They were cleared for an approach to runway 23. Weather was poor with a visibility of 1800 meters 5/8 clouds at 80 m, and overcast (8/8) at 300 m. While turning on the approach course, the DC-3 impacted a wooded hillside 14.5 km from the threshold of runway and 1500 meters to the right of the center line. A fire erupted.
The cause was apparently blocked pitot tubes due to rain or frost. The pitot heater switch was found in the off position. This caused incorrect altimeter readings, leading the crew to descend to 70 m above airfield elevation at a point were the altitude should have been 600 m.


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Distance from Brno Turany Airport to Bratislava-Ivanka Airport as the crow flies is 115 km (72 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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