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Last updated: 20 November 2018
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Date:Wednesday 15 July 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic B720 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 720-030B
Operator:Lufthansa
Registration: D-ABOP
C/n / msn: 18249/262
First flight: 1962-01-04 (2 years 6 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-1
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:8 km (5 mls) NE of Ansbach (   Germany)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
Destination airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
Narrative:
The Boeing 720B took off for a training flight from Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), Germany at 09:33. The crew reported reaching 13.000 feet at 09:38. The IFR flight schedule was abandoned and the crew continued VFR to carry out some training manoeuvres between VOR Kitzingen and the Roethenbach beacon. A complete roll was flown, but while attempting a second roll, the plane went out of control in the inverted position. The Boeing became overstressed, disintegrated and crashed in flames between Petersdorf and Forst.

Classification:
Wing failure
Loss of control

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