Narrative:A flight of nine USAF planes departed Echterdingen on a training mission with troops. Initial reports said that one C-119 developed engine trouble at an altitude of 4,000 feet. The plane lost altitude momentarily, then pulled up abruptly, striking another C-119 aircraft in the formation. Both Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcars (53-3222 and 53-7841) crashed.
|Date:||Thursday 5 December 2013|
|Type:||Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar|
|Operator:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 11258|
|First flight:|| |
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-3350|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 41 / Occupants: 41|
|Total:||Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47 |
|Collision casualties:||Fatalities: 19|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport (STR/EDDS), Germany|
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.