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Last updated: 4 December 2020
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Date:Thursday 13 February 1947
Time:ca 13:43
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-DL (DC-3)
Operator:CSA Ceskoslovenské Aerolinie
Registration: OK-XDU
C/n / msn: 13802
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
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:near Kladno (   Czech Republic)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Praha-Ruzyne International Airport (PRG/LKPR), Czech Republic
Destination airport:Cakovice, Czech Republic
Narrative:
The Douglas C-47A was acquired by CSA from U.S. military surplus. It was delivered to Prague-Ruzyne Airport on September 17, 1946. It was overhauled and painted at Ruzyne Airport and was subsequently to be flown over to the Avia factory at Cakovice to install cabin upholstery and seats.
Immediately after takeoff for this ferry flight, the aircraft crashed. It appeared the elevator control cables were reversed during overhaul. This led to a crew strike until 18 Feb. 1947.

Classification:
Wrong installation of parts
Loss of control

Sources:
» Memorial
» Air Britain Casualty compendium pt. 67
» Air Britain Casualty compendium pt. 48


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