Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Plane Disappeared 67 Years Ago On Transport Mission To The Eastern Front
A plane missing since 1942 has been discovered in about 75 feet of water in the Black Sea has been identified as a Ju 52 that vanished on a flight carrying Nazi personnel to the Eastern Front during WWII.
The plane was found off the coast of Ukraine near Odessa, but it was not the object of the diver's search, according to a report appearing in the U.K. newspaper The Mail. The team was looking for a Ju 88, but found the Ju 52 'Iron Annie' instead.
Underwater photographer Andrey Nekrasov, who photographed the wreckage, said part of the mystery is that there was no record of a Ju 52 accident in the area. Recovered artifacts include several pairs of boots, which suggests that at least some on the plane survived the initial impact. Standing orders were for passengers to remove their boots in the event of a water landing. There were also caps that suggest that one of the passengers had served in the Spanish Civil War.
Maps and flight records indicate that the flight had originated in Romania and was en route to Nikolaev in Ukraine. The flight was supposed to have been entirely over land, so no life rafts were on board. On the flight, the weather conditions apparently soured and the pilot, Lieutenant Horst Ringel, was in what would now be described as Instrument Meteorological Conditions.
Ringel requested permission to land in Spartakovka, Russia or Vygoda, Ukraine, but did not make it to either airport.
The plane was first discovered in 2009. The condition of the wreckage suggests that, rather than a crash, the pilot ditched the Ju 52 in the Black Sea. Those on board likely tried to swim to shore, but it is unknown whether any of the nine survived.
"Amassing four million flight hours is a testament to the reliability of RPA systems that are designed, built, and maintained by a dedicated group of skilled and innovative profess>[...]
Discrete Code As used in the Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System (ATCRBS), any one of the 4096 selectable Mode 3/A aircraft transponder codes except those ending in zero zero; >[...]
Aero Linx: International Aviation Services Organization (IASO) International Aviation Services Organization (IASO) is a non-government organization, Ground Handling Industry Leader>[...]
Engaging The Aviation World's Pivotal Organizations, Interests And Viewpoints The Airborne Partnership Initiative, we call it the API, is a plan developed by ANN CEO and Editor-In->[...]
Also: Solo Circumnavigation, Redbird Migration, Hartzell Propeller, WACO Air Museum, Corporate Angel, Legion Pod, Delta Compensation Last week two fixed base operations located on >[...]