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Date:Wednesday 29 December 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-232
Operator:Australian National Airways - ANA
Registration: VH-UZJ
MSN: 2002
First flight: 1937
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) N of Mangalore, VIC (   Australia)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:Western Junction Airport, TAS (LST/YMLT), Australia
Destination airport:Melbourne-Essendon Airport, VIC (MEB/YMEN), Australia
Bad weather at destination Essendon caused the closure of this airfield. The aircraft diverted to Mangalore where it undershot the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the pilot to maintain a safe altitude when making an approach at night to land at Mangalore Aerodrome."



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Western Junction Airport, TAS to Melbourne-Essendon Airport, VIC as the crow flies is 467 km (292 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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