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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Thursday 23 June 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-749-79-33 Constellation
Operator:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Registration: PH-TER
MSN: 2541
First flight: 1947
Engines: 4 Wright R-3350 (749C18BD1) Cyclone
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) off Bari (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
Destination airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM), Netherlands
The KLM Constellation, named "Roermond", operated on a round trip from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia) and back. The aircraft operated the final leg of the return flight when it took off from Cairo, Egypt, at 05:08 hours.
It crossed the Mediterranean Sea and proceeded along the Adriatic shoreline of Italy.
According to eyewitnesses the tail section separated from the fuselage and the Constellation broke up in flight. The wreckage fell into the sea just off Bari.

Cause undetermined
Loss of control

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photo of Lockheed-L-749-79-33-Constellation-PH-TER
accident date: 23-06-1949
type: Lockheed L-749-79-33 Constellation
registration: PH-TER

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 Cairo International Airport to Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport as the crow flies is 3266 km (2041 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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