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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Date:Thursday 7 September 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3)
Operator:ML-KNIL (Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force)
Registration: DT-941
MSN: 12880
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:12,3 km (7.7 mls) NW of Mossman, QLD (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Merauke-Mopah Airport (MKQ/WAKK), Indonesia
Destination airport:Cairns Airport, QLD (CNS/YBCS), Australia
The plane went missing while en route from Merauke to Cairns. The last radio contact was 15 minutes before ETA. A scientific expedition found the wreckage in January 1989, 73 km northwest of Cairns Airport at a height of 1,300 meters.

» 7 September 1944 - Crash of a C-47 Dakota near Mossman / Peter Dunn
» Gedenkrol van de Koninklijke Marine 1939-1962 / H. Floor
» Dr Geoff Monteith (E-mail 17-4-2013)


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Merauke-Mopah Airport to Cairns Airport, QLD as the crow flies is 1091 km (682 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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