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Last updated: 6 December 2021
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Date:Friday 17 August 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: FL603
MSN: 12013
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Dahanu (   India)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM/VABB), India
Destination airport:Karachi-Mauripur RAF Station (OPMR), Pakistan
Narrative:
The Dakota III transport plane operated on a routine transport flight from Bombay at 07:25 hours en route for Karachi, when it appears that after being airborne for half an hour the port wing became detached in flight followed by the loss of the port engine and nacelle. The aircraft crashed near the village of Dahanu.

Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» Warbirds of India (warbirds.in)
» RAAF fatalities in Second World War among RAAF personnel serving on attachment in Royal Air Force Squadrons and Support Units / by Alan Storr, 2006


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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 Bombay-Santacruz Airport to Karachi-Mauripur RAF Station as the crow flies is 884 km (552 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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