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#1 Greatest

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 21:52

Does anyone know more about a Swiss race car driver called Rainer Pfister? He was killed in the 1974 Turkish Airlines DC-10 crash in Ermenonville, France, with 345 fellow passengers and crewmembers....

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#2 The Mountaineer

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 08:15

That actually rings a bell,  but far, far away. He lived somewhere near Zürich and raced a Fiat 124 Coupé in Group 1 (Production Series) trim. I vaguely remember having seen his name on an entry list with something more serious (F3 ??), but without any results. Maybe that plane crash explains it. 



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Posted 18 February 2015 - 09:40

Thanks for this information. You have given some leads to follow now... :)

#4 Michael Ferner

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 20:02

Pfister is a relatively common name in Switzerland. There was a sports car driver J. Pfister in the sixties, and Formula V drivers Urs Pfister in 1972 and O. Pfister in 1973/'74. Neither Rainer nor Reiner Pfister does yield any results in an Automobile Revue search, and only two irrelevant hits with R. Pfister. Sorry.

Edited by Michael Ferner, 18 February 2015 - 20:16.


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 08:06

I have a book that lists the passengers in the Turkish Airlines DC-10, it lists him as
 


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Mr Ranier Pfister, 26, race car driver.

 



#6 The Mountaineer

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 08:41

I can't imagine a connection between Rainer and Urs, Jürg and Oscar, the other racing Pfisters in Switzerland. It is very doubtful if Rainer ever had a licence that would have allowed him to race even on national level. That's the reason for never being mentioned in "Automobil Revue". I think that "racing driver" entry in the passengers list was nothing more than a bad joke to impress the stewardesses (as they were called at the time).



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Posted 15 April 2019 - 12:36

There is a notice of death in the newspaper "Tages Anzeiger Zurich" of March 11, 1974. Apparently Rainer Pfister had a brother named Urs. Could this be the Formula V driver Urs Pfister ?

 



#8 The Mountaineer

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 07:25

I'd rather say no, they didn't live in the same area. But I can't exclude it.