Emergency landing of Berlin Airlift plane injures 7

19th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

A historic airplane that took part in the Berlin Airlift more than 60 years ago made an emergency landing in Germany on Saturday, leaving seven people lightly injured, airport officials said.

The DC3 plane, which was called the Candy Bomber and was part of the fleet of aircraft that supplied West Berlin during the Soviet blockade from 1948-49, "had to make an emergency landing after take-off for unknown reasons", airport authorities said in a statement.

It landed near Berlin's Schoenefeld Airport.

In total, 25 passengers and three crew were aboard the plane, which belongs to Air Service Berlin, a private company which provides tourist flights in historic aircraft.

An investigation has started to determine the cause of the accident, which forced the airport to shut for 15 minutes.

During the Berlin Airlift from June 1948 to May 1949, some 2.3 million tonnes of food, coal and petrol were flown into West Berlin.

© 2010 AFP

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