ASN Aircraft accident Convair C-131D (CV-340) 55-0291 München-Riem Airport (MUC)
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Date:Saturday 17 December 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair C-131D (CV-340)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 55-0291
MSN: 212
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 32
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft 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).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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