Date & Time:
Jul 20, 1939 at 1850 LT
Vienna – Zurich
While approaching Konstanz, the left engine failed. The crew reduced his altitude in an attempt to make an emergency landing in an open field. During the last turn completed at a height of some 150 feet, the aircraft banked left, stalled and crashed, killing all six occupants.
Walter Ackermann, pilot,
Anton Mannhart, radio navigator.
Engine failure. The accident apparently resulted from a loss of flying speed during a one-engine operation, and as HB-IXA was making a left turn with its undercarriage extended. A recovery was also impossible due to the low distance separating the aircraft from the ground.