Accident Douglas C-49K (DC-3) ZS-BWY, Saturday 15 May 1948
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Date:Saturday 15 May 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-49K (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Mercury Aviation Services
Registration: ZS-BWY
MSN: 6341
Year of manufacture:1943
Fatalities:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:32 km S of Vrede -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Durban-Stamford Hill Airport
Destination airport:Johannesburg-Palmietfontein Airport
The aircraft was on the Durban-Johannesburg leg of a flight to London when it crashed into Spitzkop mountain in the Witkoppens Mountains. The aircraft, named "City of Durban", was 8 miles off track in bad weather.


Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 47)


  • 50th worst accident in 1948
  • 446th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 192nd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


photo (c) Ken Fuller; nr Vrede; May 1948

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