Date & Time: Apr 21, 1945 at 2205 LT
Operator:
Registration:
D-ASHH
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Berlin – Munich – Barcelona
MSN:
0009
Country:
Germany
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
4
Pax on board:
21
Pax fatalities:
21
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
25
Circumstances:
The four engine aircraft christened 'Hessen' left Berlin-Tempelhof at 2025LT bound for Barcelona with an intermediate stop in Munich. At 2150LT, the captain informed Munich he was overflying Straubing and started the descent. But ten minutes later, due to poor weather conditions (clouds, thunderstorm activity and turbulence), the captain radioed that he was continuing directly to Barcelona. About five minutes later, the aircraft went out of control, dove into the ground and crashed in a huge explosion in a field located 500 meters north of Piesenkofen. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all 25 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
The engine number one caught fire and exploded in flight, causing the aircraft to be out of control.