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Last updated: 22 September 2019
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Date:Saturday 27 December 1947
Time:ca 12:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-5-DK (DC-3)
Operator:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Registration: PH-TCV
C/n / msn: 12309
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Leeuwarden (   Netherlands)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM), Netherlands
Destination airport:Leeuwarden Air Base (LWR/EHLW), Netherlands
Narrative:
C-47 PH-TCV had departed Amsterdam on a domestic flight to Leeuwarden (ETA 12:40) and Eelde. Weather near Leeuwarden was poor: cloud base at 100 m and heavy rainfall. Overhead the city of Leeuwarden a missed approach procedure was carried out, because the pilot couldn't see the airport. Just after raising the landing gear, the left wing of the aircraft struck the 70 m high St. Bonifatius church-steeple. The outer 3 m of the wing broke off, but the pilots managed to continue to a field near Boxum, where they carried out a belly landing. The aircraft skidded across 3 ditches, losing both propellers.

Sources:
» Brokkenboek 1945-1955 / H.Dekker, H.Wadman
» Dakota : DC-3/C47's onder Nederlandse vlag


Photos

photo of Douglas-C-47A-PH-TCV
accident date: 27-12-1947
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: PH-TCV
photo of Douglas-C-47A-PH-TCV
accident date: 27-12-1947
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: PH-TCV
photo of Douglas-C-47A-PH-TCV
accident date: 27-12-1947
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: PH-TCV
 

Map
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 Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport to Leeuwarden Air Base as the crow flies is 121 km (76 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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