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Last updated: 6 December 2021
Date:Monday 17 December 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: KN444
MSN: 32912/16164
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Coulsdon (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
After takeoff the crew simulated an engine failure on takeoff. One of the propellers was feathered, but the crew failed to raise the undercarriage. The airplane could not maintain altitude and crash-landed. It appeared that the undercarriage locking pins were still in place.

Forced landing outside airport

» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley


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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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