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Last updated: 20 January 2022
Datum:zaterdag 10 juni 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-65-DL (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registratie: 42-100628
Constructienummer: 19091
Bouwjaar: 1943
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden:
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 21
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden:
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Fisherman's Island, near Port Moresby (   Papoea-Nieuw-Guinea)
Fase: Onbekend (UNK)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Lae-Nadzab Airport (LAE/AYNZ), Papoea-Nieuw-Guinea
Vliegveld van aankomst:?
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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