Narrative:Ten RAF transport aircraft were engaged in the "Cold Stream" exercise at Pisa, Italy in November 1971. The aircraft were flying missions carrying Italian paratroopers.
|Date:||Tuesday 9 November 1971|
|Operator:||Royal Air Force - RAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 4243|
|First flight:|| 1967|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 46|
|Total:||Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 52 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||7 km (4.4 mls) W off Pisa (Italy)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Pisa Airport (PSA/LIRP), Italy|
|Destination airport:||Pisa Airport (PSA/LIRP), Italy|
Lockheed Hercules XV216, "Chalk 4", contacted the surface of the sea and crashed, shortly after takeoff from Pisa Airport (PSA). The airplane was number three in a wave of nine Hercules planes bound for the Villacidro Dropzone, Sardinia.
It came down about 19 km from the runway end and 7 km off shore.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Pisa Airport to Pisa Airport as the crow flies is 0 km (0 miles).
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.