Date & Time: Aug 23, 1940
Type of aircraft:
Douglas DC-3
Operator:
Registration:
YR-PIF
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Baia Mare – Cluj-Napoca – Sibiu – Bucharest
MSN:
1986
YOM:
1937
Country:
Romania
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
12
Pax fatalities:
12
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
15
Circumstances:
While approaching Cluj-Napoca from the west, the aircraft was not on the assigned track and hit the slope of Mt Gaina located in the Apuseni mountain range, Carpathians. The wreckage was found some 70 km southwest of Cluj-Napoca and all 15 occupants were killed. At the time of the accident, the weather conditions were poor with low visibility, hail falls and turbulence.
Probable cause:
According to officials, the accident was caused by a navigational error on the part of the crew, widely favored by poor weather conditions and the lack of sufficient visibility.