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Last updated: 6 December 2021
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Date:Monday 5 July 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-15096
MSN: 19562
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) E of Wiesbaden Air Base (   Germany)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Berlin-Tempelhof Airport (THF/EDBB), Germany
Destination airport:Wiesbaden-Erbenheim (Y-80) Air Base (WIE/ETOU), Germany
Narrative:
Crashed in poor weather conditions. The plane struck a clump of trees about three-fourths of a mile from Wiesbaden Air Base as it came in for a landing about midnight. The pilot (Lt. Frederick P. Davison) and the co-pilot (Lt. Harry N. Samms) suffered minor injuries.

Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» Stars and Stripes


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Distance from Berlin-Tempelhof Airport to Wiesbaden-Erbenheim (Y-80) Air Base as the crow flies is 441 km (276 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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