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Date:Wednesday 5 September 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: KN532
MSN: 33086/16338
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:32 km (20 mls) S of Myingyan (   Myanmar)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Meiktila (VYML), Myanmar
Destination airport:Chittagong Airport, Bangladesh
RAF Douglas Dakota IV KN532 of No.48 Sqn was being used to fly hospital patients from Meiktila to Chittagong when it entered a monsoon thunderstorm. Shortly afterwards, following a loss of control, the port wing detached causing the aircraft to crash.

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» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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Distance from Meiktila to Chittagong Airport as the crow flies is 445 km (278 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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