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Last updated: 25 May 2016
Date:Saturday 17 December 1960
Type:Convair C-131D (CV-340)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 55-0291
C/n / msn: 212
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 32
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) W of München-Riem Airport (MUC) (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:München-Riem Airport (MUC/EDDM), Germany
Destination airport:London-Northolt Airport (NHT/EGWU), United Kingdom
A Convair C-131D military transport plane was destroyed when it crashed into a street in Munich, Germany. All seven crew members and thirteen passengers were killed. A total of 32 people were killed on the ground.
The airplane had just taken off from München-Riem Airport (MUC) and overflew the Munich city centre at low altitude. It clipped the steeple of the St. Paul's church and then crashed onto a streetcar at the corner of Bayer Street.

» Alexandre Pessotto
» Great Disasters / John Canning
» Sueddeutsche Zeitung
» The Free Lance-Star - Dec 17, 1960


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Distance from München-Riem Airport to London-Northolt Airport as the crow flies is 939 km (587 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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