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Last updated: 25 October 2021
Datum:Dienstag 16 Oktober 1945
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Kennzeichen: 42-92929
Werknummer: 12784
Baujahr: 1944
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: / Insassen: 6
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: / Insassen: 11
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 12 / Insassen: 17
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:96 km (60 Meilen) NW vom Land entfernt von Saipan, Mariana Islands (   Pacific Ocean)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Iwo Jima Air Base (IWO/RJAW), Japan
Flug nach:?
While the airplane was descending from 9000 feet to 7500 feet, nearing the destination of Saipan, a fire erupted in the accessory section of the left engine.
The main entrance door was released and the passengers and crew started putting on their life vests and parachutes. Wile the occupants were bailing out the fire had become uncontrollable. The engine fell off the wing but the fire continued to burn. Four crew members and eight passengers bailed out before the left wing folded back. The airplane crashed into the sea.
Six occupants were picked up, five of them alive.

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