Date & Time: Nov 27, 1953
Type of aircraft:
Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
Landing (descent or approach)
Dover – Lajes – Paris – Frankfurt
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The crew was performing a ferry flight from Dover, Delaware, to Frankfurt-Main Airbase with intermediate stops in Lajes, Azores Islands, and Paris-Orly. On final approach, the airplane went out of control and crashed in flames in Choisy-le-Roi, less than four km from the runway threshold. All six occupants were killed.
It is believed that the loss of control may have been caused by the loss of the rear clam shell door which detached on final approach and struck the horizontal stabilizer, causing the failure of the empennage and the subsequent crash of the airplane.