Airplane Crash - Near Mt. Hymettus, Greece 10/26/1947

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Mt. Hymettus, Greece


Date10/26/1947
Time17:20
LocationNear Mt. Hymettus, Greece
OperatorAB Aerotransport
Flight #1629
RouteIstanbul-Athens-Rome-Geneve-Copenhagen-Stockholm
TypeDouglas DC-4-1009
RegistrationSE-BBG
Cn/In42930/45
Aboard44
Fatalities44
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed into Mt. Hymettus while on approach to Hassani Airport in a severe rainstorm. The captain, John Douglas, probably tried to force the landing due to the weather conditions, when the belly of the aircraft hit the summit, resulting in loss of control, crash and fire. The pilot did not properly follow IFR procedures. The wreckage was found the next morning with the corpses of the victims plundered (the victim's pockets were found to be turned inside-out). The aircraft was named 'Sunnan.'

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