Date & Time: Jul 20, 1935 at 1225 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas DC-2
Operator:
Registration:
PH-AKG
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Milan – Frankfurt – Amsterdam
MSN:
1335
YOM:
1935
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
4
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
9
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
13
Captain / Total flying hours:
3200
Circumstances:
The aircraft christened 'Gaai' left Milan Airport at 1156LT bound for Frankfurt. While overflying Ticino at the altitude of 5,000 meters, crew encountered poor weather with severe icing conditions. The aircraft lost height and while crossing the last cloud layer, the captain decided to make an emergency landing when the aircraft hit tree tops and crashed near Pian Giacomo, some 8 km north of Mesocco, Graubünden. The stewardess was found seriously injured but she died shortly later. Nobody survived the crash.
Probable cause:
Lost of control following excessive ice accumulation on both wings and fuselage, increasing aircraft's weight and decreasing its performances. Poor weather conditions, icing, low visibility and the absence of a suitable terrain for an emergency landing were considered as contributory factors.