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Last updated: 21 September 2020
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Date:Friday 16 May 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DL Dakota C.3
Operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-AGHP
C/n / msn: 9408
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Châtenoy, Loiret (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:London-Croydon Airport (-/-), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Nice Airport (NCE/LFMN), France
Narrative:
The Douglas C-47A was flying in a storm and permission to descend from 7500 feet to 5500 feet was requested and granted. Before the crew could acknowledge this, a structural failure occurred causing the plane to crash.

The aircraft was transporting an engine for the Vanwall Formula 1 motor racing team that was due to race at the GP of Monaco.

Sources:
» La Stampa 17 May 1958, p6


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Distance from London-Croydon Airport to Nice Airport as the crow flies is 1009 km (630 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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