74 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:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
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

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.”