ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 720-030B D-ABOK Ebersheim
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Date:Monday 4 December 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic B720 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 720-030B
Registration: D-ABOK
MSN: 18058/202
First flight: 1961-03-15 (9 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-1
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Ebersheim (   Germany)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
Destination airport:Köln/Bonn Airport (CGN/EDDK), Germany
The Lufthansa Boeing 720 departed Rhein-Main Airport runway 25L at 11:22 GMT for a training flight to Koln. The flight was cleared for Koln at FL190. At 11:25 the crew reported over the Nierstein radio beacon at FL60 and were instructed to turn right, heading for the Ruedesheim beacon with the order to report when climbing through FL90. Shortly after confirming this message, the aircraft dived into the ground.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The reason for the transition into a nose-dive could not be stated with sufficient certainty."


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Distance from Frankfurt International Airport to Köln/Bonn Airport as the crow flies is 135 km (84 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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