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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 8 June 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-5 (DC-3)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 12406
MSN: 9178
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Noumea-Tontouta Airport (NOU) (   New Caledonia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Nouméa-Tontouta Airport (NOU/NWWW), New Caledonia
Destination airport:?
Crashed in St. Vincent's Bay, shortly after takeoff from Toutouta Airport.

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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 205th loss
  • 67th fatal accident
  • 2nd worst accident (at the time)
  • 132nd worst accident (currently)
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