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Last updated: 28 January 2022
Datum:Samstag 10 Juni 1944
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-65-DL (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Kennzeichen: 42-100628
Werknummer: 19091
Baujahr: 1943
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 21
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Fisherman's Island, near Port Moresby (   Papua Neuguinea)
Flugphase: Unbekannt (UNK)
Flug von:Lae-Nadzab Airport (LAE/AYNZ), Papua Neuguinea
Flug nach:?
The C-47 transport plane departed Nadzab on a medevac flight to Milne Bay carrying 18 patients and 3 Medical Attendants. Whilst over Dobodura the crew received radio reports that Milne Bay Airfield was not in service, probably due to poor weather conditions.
The crew wanted to divert to Port Moresby. En route the left engine failed. It then appeared that both Jacksons and Wards fields could not be reached due to low ceiling and rain. The airplane then diverted to the emergency airfield on Fisherman's Island.
A belly landing was carried out along the strip. There was no fire and all aboard survived.

Probable Cause:

Technical investigation revealed that the left engine had just been replaced and this was the first-flight since the work was done. For the lack of a single cotter-pin and some safety wire in the throttle-linkage, this aircraft ended up crash-landing.

» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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