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Last updated: 23 January 2022
Datum:Sonntag 24 September 1944
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:Royal Air Force - RAF
Kennzeichen: KG653
Werknummer: 13470
Baujahr: 1944
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 17 / Insassen: 17
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 20 / Insassen: 20
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Neuleiningen (   Deutschland)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Pershore RAF Station, Großbritannien
Flug nach:Cagliari-Elmas Airport (CAG/LIEE), Italien
Dakota KG653 took off from RAF Pershore with destination Cagliari, on the Italian island of Sardinia. The airplane was bound for Karachi.
Over Neuleiningen the aircraft was attacked by German fighters. It burst into flames and crashed At the time the weather was very bad, with dark low clouds, heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

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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 Pershore RAF Station to Cagliari-Elmas Airport as the crow flies is 1656 km (1035 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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