Date & Time: Apr 17, 1936
Type of aircraft:
Junkers JU.52
Operator:
Registration:
D-ASOR
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Military
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Finsterwalde - Ansbach
MSN:
5044
YOM:
1935
Location:
Biel
Bern
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The three engine aircraft was performing a special flight from Finsterwalde (north of Dresden) to Ansbach, southwest of Nuremberg, Bavaria. By night and in poor weather conditions (snow falls), the aircraft deviated from its prescribed route and continued over Switzerland. At a relative low height, the aircraft hit a mountain slope located near the village of Orvin and crashed in flames. First rescuers arrived on the scene one hour later and two crewmen were rescued while all three other occupants were killed. It is believed the crew was totally disoriented due to low visibility (night and snowfalls) and despite the assistance provided by the ATC located in Munich and Stuttgart via all Direction Finding Equipment, it was not possible to help the crew to find his route. At the time of the accident, the cabin was equipped with military materials while the aircraft was believed to be a civilian version.
Probable cause:
It appears the accident was caused by a navigational error on part of the crew caused by poor weather conditions and disordered Direction Finding Equipment.