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Accident description
Last updated: 21 March 2018
Date:Thursday 19 April 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota IV (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: KN332
C/n / msn: 32641/15893
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Vitrolles (   France)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:Algiers-Maison Blanche Airport (ALG/DAAG), Algeria
Destination airport:Marseille-Marignane Airport (MRS/LFML), France
Flew into a hill near Vitrolles, Marseilles, France.

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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 Algiers-Maison Blanche Airport to Marseille-Marignane Airport as the crow flies is 764 km (477 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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