Accident Douglas DC-6 PH-TPJ, Saturday 22 March 1952
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Date:Saturday 22 March 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-6
Owner/operator:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Registration: PH-TPJ
MSN: 43114/102
Year of manufacture:1948
Fatalities:Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 47
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:ca 7 km NE of Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) -   Germany
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA)
Destination airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF)
KLM Douglas DC-6 "Koningin Juliana" was on a return flight from Johannesburg to Amsterdam when it approached Frankfurt. The crew of PH-TPJ contacted Frankfurt ATC at 10:38 and reported overhead the 'Staden' beacon at 4000 feet. At 10:45 the flight reported approaching the 'Offenbach' beacon and descending to 750 m. Nothing more was heard from the flight. About five minutes later the aircraft crashed and burned in a forest.


Volkskrant 24.03.1952


  • 5th worst accident in 1952
  • 20th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 4th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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