Date & Time: Apr 6, 1935 at 1518 LT
Type of aircraft:
Fokker F12
Operator:
Registration:
PH-AFL
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Prague – Leipzig – Essen – Amsterdam – Rotterdam
MSN:
5242
YOM:
1930
Flight number:
KL676
Country:
Germany
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
5
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
2
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The three engine aircraft christened 'Leeuwerik' left Leipzig-Halle Airport at 1314LT with a crew of five and two passengers on board. At 1435LT, the radio navigator informed ground about his position some 10 km north of Kassel. Five minutes later, while cruising at a height of 1,000 meters, he contacted again the ground to inform about poor weather conditions and low visibility caused by snow falls. He also requested for weather forecast in Essen, the next stop before Amsterdam. Captain decided to reduce his altitude to 450 meters and completed two successive turns when the aircraft hit the side of a hilly terrain located some 15 km east of Brilon. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire, and all seven occupants were killed.
Crew:
P. Soer, pilot,
E. A. J. Prillwitz, copilot,
P. Welman,
H. Wingelaar.
Th. J. van den Klein, engineer.
Passengers:
H. L. A. Briel,
W. de Vlugt.
Probable cause:
It is the opinion of the Accident Investigation Board that at the time of the accident, the horizontal visibility was reduced to 80 meters due to snow falls. In such conditions, crew was unable to distinguish the ground and to establish his real position to continue then flight in a safely manner.