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Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Datum:Donnerstag 14 November 1946
Zeit:ca 18:50
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Kennzeichen: PH-TBW
Werknummer: 20122
Baujahr: 1944
Betriebsstunden:2019
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 21 / Insassen: 21
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 26 / Insassen: 26
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport (AMS) (   Niederlande)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:London-Croydon Airport (-/-), Großbritannien
Flug nach:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM), Niederlande
Unfallbericht:
A Douglas C-47A, operating a passenger service from London-Croydon Airport, crashed while on final approach to Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport, killing all 26 on board.
Visibility at Schiphol Airport was limited due to fog. The captain circled the airport three times without acquiring visual contact with the ground. He likely then observed the runway and airport lights. Not being lined up with runway 23, the pilot made a steep left-hand turn. The aircraft then struck the ground in a 65° pitch and 45° left hand bank attitude.

Flight testing of the DC-3 aircraft had shown it was vulnerable during low speed steep turns, as the aircraft could enter an asymmetrical stall.

Probable Cause:

It was a.o. concluded that the captain was not sufficiently familiar with the specific flight characteristics of the DC-3 during low speed turns. Also, the captain was to sufficiently proficient in carrying out approaches and landings in the given weather circumstances.

Informationsquelle:
» Dakota : DC-3/C47's onder Nederlandse vlag
» The Civil Aircraft Registers of the Netherlands / H. Dekker


Fotos

photo of Douglas-C-47A-PH-TBW
accident date: 14-11-1946
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: PH-TBW
photo of Douglas-C-47A-PH-TBW
accident date: 14-11-1946
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: PH-TBW
 

Map
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 London-Croydon Airport to Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport as the crow flies is 349 km (218 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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