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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Date:Saturday 7 September 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Australian National Airways - ANA
Registration: VH-ANM
MSN: 9071
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Sydney-Mascot Airport, NSW (SYD) (   Australia)
Phase: Standing (STD)
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Destination airport:-
The Douglas C-47 Aircraft was acquired by Australian National Airways in May 1946. At Sydney-Mascot Airport the aircraft was being converted to civil standards. During this work an explosion occured around the rear galley area which was being cleaned and lined with kapok sound proofing. The kapok caught fire and then exploded in a ball of flame, killing one worker. Another worker sustained serious burn injuries. Four other sheet-metal workers in the aircraft at the time all escaped injury.

Msn 9347 also quoted for this aircraft.

Hangar / ground fire
Damaged on the ground

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