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Last updated: 18 September 2020
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Date:Friday 24 February 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-15130
C/n / msn: 19596
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) S of Rascafria (   Spain)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Châteauroux-Déols Air Base (CHR/LFLX), France
Destination airport:Madrid-Torrejón AFB (TOJ/LETO), Spain
Narrative:
Flew into a hillside in the Sierra de Guadarrama at an elevation of 6000 feet.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde
» Youngstown Vindicator 25 February 1956, p1
» Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 25 February 1956, p1


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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 Châteauroux-Déols Air Base to Madrid-Torrejón AFB as the crow flies is 815 km (509 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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