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Last updated: 19 January 2022
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:jeudi 20 décembre 1934
Heure:00:33 UTC
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-2-115A
Compagnie:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Immatriculation: PH-AJU
Numéro de série: 1317/F1
Année de Fabrication: 1934-08-16 (4 months)
Heures de vol:284
Moteurs: 2 Wright R-1820-F2 Cyclone
Equipage:victimes: 4 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Total:victimes: 7 / à bord: 7
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:16 km (10 milles) S of Rutbah Wells (   Irak)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Charter International
Aéroport de départ:Cairo-Almaza Airport (HEAZ), Egypte
Aéroport de destination:Baghdad International Airport (BGW/ORBI), Irak
A Douglas DC-2 operated by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was destroyed in an accident near Rutbah Wells, Iraq. All seven on board were killed.
The airplane, registered PH-AJU and named "Uiver" operated on a Christmas mail and passenger flight from Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport, the Netherlands to Batavia (now named Jakarta, Indonesia). En route stops were made at Marseille (France), Rome (Italy), Athens (Greece) and Cairo (Egypt).
PH-AJU departed Cairo-Almaza Airport at 23:30 local time (21:30 UTC). The flight crew had not yet decided whether to land at Gaza, Rutbah or Baghdad. En route it was decided not to land at Gaza. Last radio contact was at 00:11 UTC with the radio operator at Rutbah.
The flight entered a rainstorm and descended until impacted the ground in a 17° right hand bank and 12° nose down attitude. The airplane crashed and burst into flames.

The "Uiver" was one of the 20 participants in the MacPherson Robertson London-Melbourne air race during in October 1934. It made a famous night time forced landing on a racing track in Albury (Australia), but managed to win the handicap race.

Probable Cause:

1. The cause of the accident is probably not related to a fire, in-flight break-up or lightning, nor related to failures of a technical nature.
2. It is very likely that the very unfavorable weather conditions along with less favorable handling characteristics of the airplane in severe turbulence and fatigue of the pilot have resulted in a collision with the ground, which caused the catastrophe.



photo of Douglas-DC-2-115A-PH-AJU
accident date: 20-12-1934
type: Douglas DC-2-115A
registration: PH-AJU
photo of Douglas-DC-2-115A-PH-AJU
photo of Douglas-DC-2-115A-PH-AJU
accident date: 20-12-1934
type: Douglas DC-2-115A
registration: PH-AJU

Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Cairo-Almaza Airport et Baghdad International Airport est de 1259 km (787 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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