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Last updated: 27 October 2020
Date:Saturday 15 February 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas VC-47A (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 42-93817
C/n / msn: 13771
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Monte Vesuvio (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Napoli-Capodichino Airport (NAP/LIRN), Italy
Destination airport:?
The VC-47 was en route from Ramstein, Germany to a base near Istanbul in Turkey. An intermediate stop was made in Naples, where it landed at 13:29.
Last radio contact was at 22:24, about thirty minutes after takeoff when the crew reported en route at 6500 feet and switching to the Rome ATC. It never contacted Rome and the airplane impacted Mount Vesuvius.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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