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Last updated: 6 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 27 June 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: KN602
MSN: 33245/16497
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) SW of Teknaf (   Bangladesh)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Kyaukpyu Airport (KYP/VYKP), Myanmar
Destination airport:Chittagong Airport, Bangladesh
Douglas Dakota KN602 of 117 Sqn RAF took off from Kyaukpyu, Burma, at 16:26 hours on 27 June 1945 to return to base along with three other Squadron aircraft.
These three other aircraft turned back to Akyab, Burma, at 07:42 hours after reaching position 20.55N 92.12E. Dakota KN602 was last seen by the crew of one of the other aircraft just out from the shore and heading towards the coast at a 45 degrees angle.
When the three turned back to Akyab the weather was atrocious with exceptionally low cloud. The wreckage was later discovered near the mouth of a river.

» 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 Kyaukpyu Airport to Chittagong Airport as the crow flies is 359 km (225 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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