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Last updated: 27 November 2020
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Date:Monday 19 February 1945
Time:15:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: TS436
C/n / msn: 19349
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) NE of Zeals RAF Station (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Zeals RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The flying weather was poor, with low cloud and limited horizontal visibility as the Dakota was returning from RAF Zeals to Lincolnshire following a training mission at Zeals.
Shortly after taking off the Dakota struck 60-feet tall beech trees atop a hillock and lost 10 feet of its port wing. This caused the plane to roll out of control, strike further trees and crash to the ground, breaking up and being consumed by fire.

Probable Cause:

The pilot who was the sole survivor, had failed to climb to a safe height when flying in poor visibility, although the knoll was a well known obstruction in close proximity to the airfield.

Sources:
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TS436
 
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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