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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146913
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Date:16-JUL-1960
Time:15:38 LT
Type:de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:Zonen-Redningskorpset Flyvetjenesten
Registration: OY-DZY
MSN: 6956
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:÷resund, off Kastrup, Copenhagen -   Denmark
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Kastrup (CPH/EKCH)
Destination airport:Herning/Jutland
Narrative:
C/no. 6956: Taken on charge as RL985 against Contract No.6/Acft/2580/C2a at De Havilland Witney 14.3.46. C of A 7799 issued 23.5.46. Sold 24.4.46 to Danish Red Cross. Registered as OY-DZY 28.6.46 to Dansk Rode Kors & Zonen-Redningskorpset, Copenhagen. "Caritas I", operated for Dansk Boldspil-Union (DBU).

Written off (destroyed) 16.7.60: The twin engine aircraft, chartered by the Danish Football Association, was involved in a special flight from Copenhagen to Herning, carrying one pilot and eight football players who should play a final trial match at Herning stadium to select the Danish squad for the 1960 Olympic tournament. Three of these eight players had been provisionally selected for the squad; the rest were B-team and youth internationals with a last chance to impress the selectors.

Shortly after takeoff from Copenhagen-Kastrup Airport, while in initial climb, the pilot lost control of the airplane that crashed into the sea about 40 to 50 meters offshore. The pilot was seriously injured and lost a leg while all eight passengers were killed. The airplane was totally destroyed upon impact.

Crew:
Stig VindelÝv, pilot - survived, but seriously injured (lost leg) .

Passengers (all killed):
Per Funch Jensen,
Erik Pondal Jensen,
Kurt Krahmer,
SÝren Andersen,
BÝrge Bastholm Larsen,
Arne Karlsen,
Ib Eskildsen,
Erling Spalk.

Cause: It was determined that the pilot suffered a spatial disorientation after takeoff in poor weather conditions with heavy rain falls and crosswinds. Also, the airplane was not equipped with wipers, which was considered as a contributing factor.

Sources:

1. Passauer Neue Presse 18.7.1960, p8/2.8.1960, p4
2. https://politiken.dk/kultur/art4969588/I-dag-er-et-trist-jubil%C3%A6um-for-dansk-fodbold
3. http://www.oy-reg.dk/register/2403.html
4. https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/dh89.pdf
5. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh89a-dragon-rapide-copenhagen-8-killed
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p069.html
7. http://planecrashinfo.com/1960/1960-37.htm
8. http://www.veteranflyklubben.dk/da/annex-ii-fly/veteranfly-flyregister/oy-dzy.aspx
9. https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVA5W79WTNA5KXJZEM8KQ1NJQBCI-DENMARK-COPENHAGEN-DANISH-OLYMPIC-SOCCER-PLAYERS-KILLED-IN-AIR/query/Air+crash


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Jul-2012 05:22 TB Added
28-Feb-2019 21:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
04-Aug-2020 15:10 Cobar Updated [Source]

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