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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Date:Friday 17 December 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-30739
MSN: 13890
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Sydney Island (   Kiribati)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Canton Island Airport (CIS/PCIS), Kiribati
Destination airport:Canton Island Airport (CIS/PCIS), Kiribati
The C-47 had just undergone repairs and was taken for a sightseeing flight to Sydney Island. After circling the island a few times, it came in very low over the water. The right wing clipped a tree, outside of the motor, at the beach breaking the tree off about thirty feet from the ground. The plane went up over the trees for a distance of about 150 yards and started coming down through the trees again, shearing off the trees until it came to rest approximately 376 yards from the first tree which was struck. The airplane caught fire and burned out.

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