Airplane Crash - Croydon, Surrey, England 01/25/1947

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Croydon, Surrey, England


Date01/25/1947
LocationCroydon, Surrey, England
OperatorSpencer Airways / Ceskoslovenske Aerolinie
RouteGuangzhou - Chongqing
TypeDouglas C-47 / Douglas DC-3
RegistrationVP-YFD/OK-WDB
Cn/In19979 / 9503
Aboard23
Fatalities12
Ground0
SummaryJust after becoming airborne, the plane never gained altitude, overran the runway and crashed into a Ceskoslovenske Dakota. Twelve killed on the Spencer Airways none on the Ceskoslovenske. Loss of control by the captain of the Spencer Airways plane, who, when attempting to take-off a heavily loaded aircraft in poor visibility allowed it to become airborne in a semi-stalled condition.

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