MaxAvSafety (Historic). 10/7/61 Dakota Down; 19th worst Crash of record (Pilot Error)

MaxSez: This is the continuation of the Saturday Historic Accidant Series.
Pls comment as appropriate, First person accounts about your experience with the “Sky Train” or it’s sisters are welcome:

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Status: Final
Date: Saturday 7 October 1961
Time: 01:00 UTC
Type: Douglas C-47B-30-DK Dakota 4
Operator: Derby Airways
Registration: G-AMSW
C/n / msn: 32919/16171
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs: 13658
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers: Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31
Total: Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location: Mont Canigou ( France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature: Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
Destination airport: Perpignan Airport (PGF/LFMP), France
Narrative:
The Douglas C-47 took off from Gatwick (LGW) at 20:43 UTC on a charter flight to Perpignan (PGF), France. The crew reported over Toulouse at 00:30 UTC, heading for Perpignan at FL75, and estimating an arrival over Perpignan at 01:12. In an area of intermittent rain and wind of variable forces, the plane struck a mountainside at 2200 m altitude.
Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The accident was attributed to a navigational error, the origin of which it was not possible to determine for lack of sufficient evidence.”

DC-3/C-47 Safety Record
ca 13.000 built
3497th loss
1272nd fatal accident
5th worst accident (at the time)
19th worst accident (currently)
(Source: AvHistory Photo: Public Domaine)

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