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1948 Gatow air disaster

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Location type: Event
Location address: Deutschland, Berlin
Number of texts: 1
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Made by | Reference Ian Dunster | © CC 3.0
Made by | Reference | © CC 3.0

The 1948 Gatow air disaster occurred on Monday 5 April 1948 when a British European Airways Vickers VC.1B Viking airliner crashed near RAF Gatow, Berlin, Germany after a mid-air collision with a Soviet Air Force Yakovlev Yak-3 fighter. All ten passengers and four crew on board the Viking were killed, as was the Soviet pilot. The disaster resulted in a diplomatic standoff between the United Kingdom, the United States and the Soviet Union and intensified distrust during the Berlin Blockade.

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