Airplane Crash - Near Berlin, Germany 04/05/1948

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Berlin, Germany


Date04/05/1948
LocationNear Berlin, Germany
OperatorBritish European Airways / Military - Soviet Air Force
TypeVickers Viking 1B & Soviet YAK-3 fighter
RegistrationG-AIVP
Cn/In229
Aboard15
Fatalities15
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft was circling Gatow in preparation for landing when the DC-3 collided head on with the Russian Air Force Yakovlev 3 fighter, which was performing aerobatics. A total of 14 killed on the Vickers Viking and one on the YAK fighter. The collision was caused by the action of the Yak fighter's pilot, which was in disregard of the accepted rules of flying.

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