Date & Time: Nov 1, 1936 at 1500 LT
Type of aircraft:
Junkers JU.52
Operator:
Registration:
D-APOO
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Frankfurt – Erfurt
MSN:
5506
YOM:
1936
Country:
Germany
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
12
Pax fatalities:
8
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
While approaching Erfurt from the west, the pilot encountered poor weather conditions and low visibility due to fog. The three engine aircraft was flying too low and eventually hit tree tops before crashing into flames in a wooded area located in Tabarz, some 25 km southwest of Erfurt. Eleven occupants were killed while four others were injured. The aircraft christened 'Heinrich Kroll' was destroyed by post crash fire.
Causes:
It was believed that the pilot had ‘lost his bearings’ while flying in a heavy fog, resulting in either a controlled impact with the terrain or an uncontrolled descent into the ground.