2010 Air Service Berlin Douglas C-47 crash

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2010 Air Service Berlin C-47 crash
DC-3 - Rosinenbomber - ILA 2008.jpg
D-CXXX, the aircraft involved
Accident summary
Date 19 June 2010
Summary Under investigation
Site Near Berlin Schönefeld Airport
Passengers 25
Crew 3
Fatalities 0
Injuries (non-fatal) 7
Survivors 28
Aircraft type Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Aircraft name Rosinenbomber
Operator Air Service Berlin
Registration D-CXXX
Flight origin Berlin Schönefeld Airport
Destination Berlin Schönefeld Airport

On 19 June 2010, a vintage Douglas C-47 Skytrain aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Berlin Schönefeld Airport to a sightseeing flight over Berlin, which was operated by Air Service Berlin, a provider of event flights. There were no fatalities, but seven out of the 28 passengers and crew were injured.


The aircraft involved was a Douglas C-47 Skytrain (registered D-CXXX, serial number 16124/32872), a preserved Rosinenbomber (English: Raisin bomber).[1] It had been built in 1944 and was powered by two Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 engines.[2] It had participated in the 1947–49 Berlin Airlift, and because of the importance of this event for the city of Berlin it was acquired for sightseeing flights in 2000.[3] The aircraft was one of the last two to take off from Berlin Tempelhof Airport (one of the Airlift airports) when it was closed on 30 October 2008.[4]


Shortly after take-off at around 15:00 local time from Berlin Schönefeld Airport for a sightseeing flight over the city centre of Berlin,[2] the left engine failed and the aircraft was unable to gain height. The pilots went into a left turn and set down the aircraft into a field near the construction site for the new Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport.[1][5] There were three crew members and 25 passengers on board (among them Stefan Kaufmann, a member of Bundestag),[3] all of which were able to leave the aircraft unassisted.[6][7] Seven people were injured, four of them were taken to hospital.[8] Schönefeld Airport was closed for fifteen minutes while its emergency services attended the crash scene.[9] A fire that arose from spilled fuel was put out by the airport's firefighters.[10]


The C-47 aircraft suffered substantial damage to its tail and port wing.[6] Nevertheless, due to its historic significance (and because it was the signature airframe of the company), Air Service Berlin stated that it intended a complete repair and restoration. Donations towards the cost of the restoration had been received from across the world, including a symbolic 100 USD from Gail Halvorsen, the pilot who is attributed to having started the dropping of sweets for children from aircraft participating in the Berlin Airlift.[4][9]


  1. ^ a b Hradecky, Simon. "Accident: Air Service Berlin DC3 at Berlin on Jun 19th 2010, engine failure". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Rosinenbomber: So lief der Crash ab" (in German). BZ News. Retrieved 20 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Hradecky, Simon. "Fare Well, Berlin Tempelhof". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rosinenbomber-Crash: 7 Verletzte" (in German). BZ News. Retrieved 20 June 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Kaminski-Morrow, David. "German sightseeing DC-3 badly damaged in emergency landing". Flight Global. Archived from the original on 22 June 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Rosinenbomber notgelandet" (in German). Berlin Online. Archived from the original on 22 June 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Rosinenbomber von Air Service Berlin ging zu Bruch" (in German). Der Mobilitäts Manager. Archived from the original on 22 June 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Halvorsen, Gail. "Reader's comments - Rosinen Bomber". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Hasselmann, Jörst; Meyer, Claus-Dieter (20 June 2010). "Nach zwei Minuten fiel ein Motor aus" (in German). Der Taggespiegel. Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010.