Date & Time: May 25, 1953 at 1530 LT
Type of aircraft:
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Amsterdam – Paris
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Aircraft flight hours:
After a run of 700 meters on runway 05, the captain started to rotate. During the initial climb, at a height of approximately 50 to 60 feet and at a speed of 233 km/h, the pilot-in-command retracted the flaps when the aircraft lost height and stalled. The pilot closed the throttles and belly landed the airplane on the remaining runway. The aircraft slid for 200 meters, overran, cross a road where it struck two girls before coming to rest near a drainage ditch, broken in two. All 34 occupants were evacuated safely while both girls on ground were killed. The aircraft was destroyed.
It is understood that the loss of control during initial climb was the consequence of an aerodynamic stall caused by the premature retraction of the flaps on part of the flying crew.