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Datum:Freitag 6 November 1942
Flugzeugtyp:Douglas DC-5-511
Fluggesellschaft:Allied Directorate of Air Transport - ADAT
Kennzeichen: VHCXB
Werknummer: 424
Baujahr: 1940
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-F62
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 20
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 22
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Lurnea Siding Airstrip, QLD (   Australien)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Flug von:Charleville Airport, QLD (CTL/YBCV), Australien
Flug nach:Brisbane-Archerfield Airport, QLD (ACF/YBAF), Australien
The DC-5 transport plane took off from Charleville, QLD carrying about 20 U.S. Servicemen who were heading to Brisbane on leave. After climbing to 6000 feet one engine lost power completely. The crew feathered the propeller but were unable to maintain height.
A forced landing was carried out on emergency landing strip near Lurnea Siding, about 30 miles east of Charleville. A satisfactory touch-down was made but unfortunately, on the strip, there was an anthill which was hit at about 70 mph causing the undercarriage strut to be pushed through a wing. Substantial damage to the airframe resulted but nobody was injured.

» Douglas DC-5 in Australia / D. Goodall


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Distance from Charleville Airport, QLD to Brisbane-Archerfield Airport, QLD as the crow flies is 678 km (424 miles).

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