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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Date:Tuesday 27 January 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-25-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 44-76443
MSN: 32775/16027
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Montagne du Cheval-Blanc (Alpes-De-Haute-Provence) (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Istres-Le Tubé Air Base (LFMI), France
Destination airport:Pisa-San Giusto Airport (PSA/LIRP), Italy
The USAF C-47 aircraft departed Istres-Le Tubé Air Base, France at 12:37 LT for a flight to Udine via Pisa, Italy. The pilot couldn't find his route because of a heavy snowstorm. He decided to return to Istres but the wind caused the aircraft to deviate significantly off course. The airplane flew into the side of a mountain 15:30 LT killing all occupants. The passengers were women and children of soldiers stationed at Udine. On 30th January, 1948 a B-17 Flying Fortress, searching for survivors, crashed at the same location. Nine occupants were killed and one survived.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Chroniques de Haute-Provence n° 354 (2005, 125e année), p 83-167.
» Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 7 February 1948, p6 (photo)


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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 Istres-Le Tubé Air Base to Pisa-San Giusto Airport as the crow flies is 438 km (273 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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