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Last updated: 17 May 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:jeudi 3 juin 1954
Heure:08:36 UTC
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-1-DK (DC-3)
Compagnie:Sabena
Immatriculation: OO-CBY
Numéro de série: 11982
Année de Fabrication: 1943
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 1 / à bord: 4
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:près de Maribor (   Slovénie)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Aéroport de départ:München-Riem Airport (MUC/EDDM), Allemagne
Aéroport de destination:Beograd-Dojno Polje Airport, Serbie
Détails:
The C-47 transport plane was operating on a cargo flight, carrying live animals from Blackbushe, U.K. to Belgrade in what was then known as Yugoslavia. Technical stops were planned at Brussels, Belgium and Munich, Germany.
The flight to Munich was uneventful and the aircraft departed Riem Airport at 07:03 hours GMT for the last leg of the flight. The aircraft passed Graz, Austria at 08:25 and then changed course to Zagreb. Some ten minutes later the crew noted a Soviet Air Force MiG-15 jet fighter circling their aircraft. The C-47 was then struck by at least four projectiles which exploded inside the aircraft. The radio operator was fatally injured.
The copilot took over control from the injured captain and performed evasive manoeuvres while trying to hide in clouds as much as possible. Trying to find an airfield, the crew finally located Graz-Thalerhof in Austria. Hydraulics had been lost so the undercarriage was extended manually. A flapless landing was carried out at Graz and it ran off the runway into rough ground.

Probable Cause:

The OO-CBY aircraft was attacked without previous warning while he was outside any forbidden territory.
The agressor plane is a mig belonging to the Soviet military aviation.

Sources:
» Hugo Luyckx (E-mail, 16-4-2009)
» Aeroteca's Belle
» Final accident report


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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre München-Riem Airport et Beograd-Dojno Polje Airport est de 756 km (473 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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