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Datum:Dienstag 27 Januar 1948
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-25-DK (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 44-76443
Werknummer: 32775/16027
Baujahr: 1945
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 8
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 11 / Insassen: 11
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Montagne du Cheval-Blanc (Alpes-De-Haute-Provence) (   Frankreich)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Istres-Le Tubé Air Base (LFMI), Frankreich
Flug nach:Pisa-San Giusto Airport (PSA/LIRP), Italien
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.

» 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.

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