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Last updated: 9 December 2021
Date:Saturday 29 June 1946
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: KJ918
MSN: 26086/14641
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:within Cameron Highlands (   Malaysia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Butterworth Airport (BWH/WMKB), Malaysia
Destination airport:Yangon-Mingaladon Airport (RGN/VYYY), Myanmar
The Dakota transport plane departed Singapore on a flight to Butterworth, Yangon, and Calcutta. Shortly after leaving Butterworth, the pilot reported his position as being on the northeast coast of Thailand. Due to extremely bad weather conditions the crew decided to return to Butterworth. Thirty-three minutes later, another radio call was heard from the pilot who reported being in a terrible storm somewhere over the Cameron Highlands.
Nothing more was heard from the flight and an extensive search failed to locate the plane.

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


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Distance from Butterworth Airport to Yangon-Mingaladon Airport as the crow flies is 1347 km (842 miles).

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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