60 Years ago today: On 7 October 1961 a Derby Aviation DC-3 crashed near Mt. Canigou, France, killing all 34 occupants.
|Date:||Saturday 7 October 1961|
Douglas C-47B-30-DK Dakota 4
|Total airframe hrs:||13658|
|Engines:||2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31|
|Total:||Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34|
|Aircraft damage:||Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||Mont Canigou ( France)|
|Phase:||En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom|
|Destination airport:||Perpignan Airport (PGF/LFMP), France|
The Douglas C-47 took off from Gatwick (LGW) at 20:43 UTC on a charter flight to Perpignan (PGF), France. The crew reported over Toulouse at 00:30 UTC, heading for Perpignan at FL75, and estimating an arrival over Perpignan at 01:12. In an area of intermittent rain and wind of variable forces, the plane struck a mountainside at 2200 m altitude.
PROBABLE CAUSE: “The accident was attributed to a navigational error, the origin of which it was not possible to determine for lack of sufficient evidence.”