ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-3C D-21 Vresovice
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Date:Sunday 30 November 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:Czechoslovak Air Force
Registration: D-21
MSN: 19474
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:4789
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2,5 km (1.6 mls) NW of Vresovice (   Czech Republic)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Praha-Ruzyne International Airport (PRG/LKPR), Czech Republic
Destination airport:Brno Turany Airport (BRQ/LKTB), Czech Republic
A DC-3 transport plane went off course during a descent towards Brno. The aircraft impacted the Bradlo hillside, about 40 km east of Brno. The aircraft operated a civilian scheduled cargo night flight which originated in Prague with several stopovers through the whole country. The DC-3 was loaded with newspaper matrixes from a newspaper editorial in Prague for several printers in bigger cities. CSA crew refused to fly due to poor weather forecast, therefore military crew and a military plane was ordered. However, the military crew was not trained for such metrological conditions.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Praha-Ruzyne International Airport to Brno Turany Airport as the crow flies is 203 km (127 miles).

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