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Last updated: 14 December 2018
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 24 August 1957
Time:18:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18 Learstar I
Operator:Helmut Horten GmbH
Registration: D-COCA
C/n / msn: 18-2606
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:8188
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) NW of Krumpendorf (   Austria)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport (STR/EDDS), Germany
Destination airport:Klagenfurt Airport (KLU/LOWK), Austria
Narrative:
The aircraft was on a return flight to Klagenfurt from Stuttgart carrying a crew of three and a cargo of flowers for the annual flower-show at Velden. At 17:52 hours GMT the flight requested landing instructions from Klagenfurt Tower, which replied: "cleared to enter traffic circuit SW 340/2 kts Runway 29 report downwind, no local traffic." At 17:58 hours following failure of the left wing in flight, the aircraft went down in flames near Krumpendorf, killing all crew members.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: "The accident was due to the breaking off of the left wing between the engine and the fuselage as a result of overstrain on the assembly, and fuel ignition followed."

Classification:
Wing failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» The Lockheed Twins / Peter J Marson
» Arbeiter-Zeitung, 25-8-1957
» ICAO Circular 56-AN/51


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Distance from Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport to Klagenfurt Airport as the crow flies is 442 km (276 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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