ASN Aircraft accident Douglas Dakota IV (DC-3) KN409 Irvine
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Date:Wednesday 28 March 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota IV (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: KN409
MSN: 32833/16085
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) W off Irvine (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Keflavík-Meeks Field (KEF/BIKF), Iceland
Destination airport:Glasgow-Prestwick Airport (PIK/EGPK), United Kingdom
Douglas Dakota KN409 was on a delivery flight from North America to Europe through Reykjavik, Iceland and Prestwick, Scotland. Its ETA at Prestwick was 08:13Z on 28 March 1945.
The last radio contact with the aircraft was at 09:29Z on 28 March when the aircraft was over the cone at Prestwick at 4000 feet and the normal instructions were given for the aircraft to let down on the south west leg of the radio range and to advise further when contact was made. No further contact was made with the aircraft.
Later various items of documents and mail were recovered from the beach between Troon and Irvine, Ayrshire, which were identified with KN409. It was presumed that the aircraft crashed in the sea 4 miles west of Irvine, with no trace of the crew being found, who were lost at sea.

» Missing with no known grave / by Alan Storr


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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 Keflavík-Meeks Field to Glasgow-Prestwick Airport as the crow flies is 1362 km (851 miles).

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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