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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Thursday 19 April 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-5 (DC-3)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 39067
MSN: 10017
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Gooseberry Hill, WA (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Guildford Airport, WA (PER/YPPH), Australia
Destination airport:Adelaide Airport, SA (ADL/YPAD), Australia
Crashed three minutes after takeoff from runway 11. The aircraft struck the rising stony ground of Gooseberry Hill in fog.

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Distance from Guildford Airport, WA to Adelaide Airport, SA as the crow flies is 2109 km (1318 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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