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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Saturday 19 December 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-240-12
Registration: OO-AWO
MSN: 128
First flight: 1949
Total airframe hrs:7576
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 40
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 43
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2,5 km (1.6 mls) N of Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH) (   Switzerland)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR), Belgium
Destination airport:Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH), Switzerland
The Convair descended below the glidepath in dark and bad weather and crashed 2,5 km short of Runway 16.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: 'Approach procedure badly carried out by pilot'.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» ICAO Circular 39-AN/34 (172)
» Journal de Genève (Dec 21, 1953)


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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 Brussel-Zaventem Airport to Zürich-Kloten Airport as the crow flies is 479 km (300 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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