Military Aviation Accidents In Dubrovnik

THE LOVE STORY BEHIND THE PLANE CRASH

In 1936, a military double winged plane in a low flight, grazed the Minčeta Fortress and crashed on the intersection of Prijeko and Žudioska Street in the Old City. Pilot and navigator died in the crash, while seven citizens passed away in the following week, due to injuries caused by fire that started after the crash. A visit to the Žudioska street is a part of the Jewish Heritage tour, as well as the city tour

The reason for this plane crash in Dubrovnik is unbelievable: the pilot was in love with a girl, whom she met on a city dance. To impress his beloved, he would often fly from the military airport in nearby Mostar, and in a low flight over the city, he would carry out dangerous air figures. Several times he threw love letters for her through the open window.  Some witnesses from that time claim he had thrown flowers and bouquets as well.

But that morning a great love ended with a great tragedy, not just for the pilot but for several more families.

The Last Plane Crash In Dubrovnik

On April 3, 1996, a U.S. Air Force CT-43, carrying 35 people on an official trade mission, crashed into a mountainside of Dubrovnik, while attempting an instrument approach to Dubrovnik’s airport. Among killed passengers was Ronald Harmon “Ron” Brown, the United States Secretary of Commerce, serving during the first term of President Bill Clinton. He was the first African American to hold this position. Brown carried an offer for normalizing relations between the United States and the former communist states.

The final Air Force investigation attributed the crash to the pilot error and a poorly designed landing approach. That morning the weather conditions were extremely bad: heavy rains and low cloudiness impeded visibility.

Speculations to the circumstances of the plane crash that caused Brown’s death include many government cover-up and conspiracy theories, largely based on Brown who had been under the investigation for corruption.

Speculations to the circumstances of the plane crash that caused Brown’s death include many government cover-up and conspiracy theories, largely based on Brown who had been under the investigation for corruption.

Military Aviation Accidents In Dubrovnik

THE LOVE STORY BEHIND
THE PLANE CRASH

In 1936, a military double winged plane in a low flight, grazed the Minčeta Fortress and crashed on the intersection of Prijeko and Žudioska Street in the Old City. Pilot and navigator died in the crash, while seven citizens passed away in the following week, due to injuries caused by fire that started after the crash. A visit to the Žudioska street is a part of the Jewish Heritage tour, as well as the city tour

The reason for this plane crash in Dubrovnik is unbelievable: the pilot was in love with a girl, whom she met on a city dance. To impress his beloved, he would often fly from the military airport in nearby Mostar, and in a low flight over the city, he would carry out dangerous air figures. Several times he threw love letters for her through the open window.  Some witnesses from that time claim he had thrown flowers and bouquets as well.

But that morning a great love ended with a great tragedy, not just for the pilot but for several more families.

The Last Plane Crash
In Dubrovnik

On April 3, 1996, a U.S. Air Force CT-43, carrying 35 people on an official trade mission, crashed into a mountainside of Dubrovnik, while attempting an instrument approach to Dubrovnik’s airport. Among killed passengers was Ronald Harmon “Ron” Brown, the United States Secretary of Commerce, serving during the first term of President Bill Clinton. He was the first African American to hold this position. Brown carried an offer for normalizing relations between the United States and the former communist states.

The final Air Force investigation attributed the crash to the pilot error and a poorly designed landing approach. That morning the weather conditions were extremely bad: heavy rains and low cloudiness impeded visibility.

Speculations to the circumstances of the plane crash that caused Brown’s death include many government cover-up and conspiracy theories, largely based on Brown who had been under the investigation for corruption.

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