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Last updated: 21 October 2019
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Date:Sunday 26 December 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Operator:Swissair
Registration: HB-IFR
C/n / msn: 47112/199
First flight: 1967-09-29 (4 years 3 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 69
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 74
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Wien-Schwechat International Airport (VIE) (   Austria)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Wien-Schwechat International Airport (VIE/LOWW), Austria
Destination airport:Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH), Switzerland
Narrative:
The DC-9 collided with a Beechcraft 95-C55 Baron (HB-GCY) on takeoff, causing substantial damage to the nose section.
The Baron was destroyed and the pilot was killed.

Classification:
Runway incursion
Runway mishap

Sources:
» De Telegraaf 27-12-1971
» British Pathé


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Distance from Wien-Schwechat International Airport to Zürich-Kloten Airport as the crow flies is 599 km (374 miles).

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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