72 Years ago today: On 2 March 1948 a Sabena Douglas DC-3 crashed near London, U.K.; killing 20 out of 22 occupants.

Date: Tuesday 2 March 1948
Time: 21:14 UTC
Type:
Douglas DC-3C
Operator: Sabena
Registration: OO-AWH
C/n / msn: 43154
First flight: 1947
Engines:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers: Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 19
Total: Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 22
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location: London Airport (LHR) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature: International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR), Belgium
Destination airport: London Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom

Narrative:
Visibility was 200yds when DC-3 OO-AWH approached London. The aircraft crashed just after completing a Ground Controlled Approach.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Misjudgement on the part of the pilot when endeavouring to land at night in conditions of very low visibility.”