ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-6 PH-TPJ Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
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Date:Saturday 22 March 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6
Operator:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Registration: PH-TPJ
MSN: 43114/102
First flight: 1948
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 37
Total:Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 47
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 7 km NE of Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) (   Germany)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italy
Destination airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
KLM Douglas DC-6 "Koningin Juliana" was on a return flight from Johannesburg to Amsterdam when it approached Frankfurt. The crew of PH-TPJ contacted Frankfurt ATC at 10:38 and reported overhead the 'Staden' beacon at 4000 feet. At 10:45 the flight reported approaching the 'Offenbach' beacon and descending to 750 m. Nothing more was heard from the flight. About five minutes later the aircraft crashed and burned in a forest.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» Volkskrant 24.03.1952


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Distance from Roma-Ciampino Airport to Frankfurt International Airport as the crow flies is 960 km (600 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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