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Last updated: 5 December 2021
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Date:Monday 12 February 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: FL644
MSN: 12072
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Imphal-Koirengei Airfield (   India)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Imphal-Koirengei Airfield, India
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Dakota III FL644 of 194 Sqn RAF was taking off from Imphal Airfield, Assam, India, when the port tyre burst during the take-off run. The aircraft went off the left side of the runway before running into a ditch about 50 yards from the runway’ s edge. All aboard survived but the Dakota was wrecked. The burst tyre was attributed in part to the stresses imposed on it by the crosswind but also to manufacturing flaws in tyres, which were quickly exposed on hard used transport aircraft.

Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» "Though Without Anger (Losses of Transport and Special Duties Aircraft and Assault Gliders 1940 to 1945)", by Colin Cummings. ISBN 978-0-9526619-6-2


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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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