Date & Time: Apr 20, 1936 at 2010 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas DC-2
Operator:
Registration:
OK-AIA
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Prague – Amsterdam
MSN:
1581
YOM:
1936
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
This was the inaugural flight from Prague to Amsterdam for the Czech Company CLS. On approach to Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport, the captain was unable to locate the airfield due to low visibility caused by night and a cloudy sky (clouds down to 50 meters and visibility established to 2-4 km). He decided to turn over the region between Lelystad and Zwolle when few minutes later, the radio communications were lost because the accumulator failed. With no radio contact, unable to locate his real position and with low fuel reserve, the captain eventually decided to attempt an emergency landing in a wheat field located in Doornspijk, near Elburg. On ground, the aircraft rolled several yards, lost its right engine, hit the ground with its nose and came to rest severely damaged. The pilot and the radio operator were injured while all ten other occupants were unhurt. The aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Crew lost his orientation following on board radio failure and poor visibility caused by night and clouds. Low fuel reserve forced the crew to attempt an emergency landing.