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Last updated: 2 April 2020
Date:Wednesday 4 September 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3D
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BAXD
C/n / msn: 42975
First flight: 1946
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 26
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) S of Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG) (   France)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG/LFPB), France
Destination airport:London-Croydon Airport (-/-), United Kingdom
The DC-3 lost height and crashed onto a factory.
Air France's first air hostess, Paulette Vavasseur, was among the fatalities.

» Early Aviation Disasters / D. Gero, 2011
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 43)


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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 Paris-Le Bourget Airport to London-Croydon Airport as the crow flies is 319 km (200 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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