ASN Aircraft accident Douglas Dakota IV (DC-3) KN500 Le Mans 
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Last updated: 9 December 2022
Date:Wednesday 30 January 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota IV (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: KN500
C/n / msn: 33025/16277
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) S of Le Mans (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Istres-Le Tub Air Base (LFMI), France
Destination airport:?
The aircraft began turning at FL200 and entered a cloud. The pilot overcontrolled the airplane during a steep turn. The airplane stalled and entered a spin, slowly disintegrating.

Loss of control

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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.

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