ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3) VT-CPQ Shella Airstrip
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Date:Wednesday 25 January 1950
Time:09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3)
Operated by:Airways (India)
On behalf of:Air Services of India
Registration: VT-CPQ
MSN: 13558
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Shella Airstrip (   India)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Shella Airstrip, India
Destination airport:Calcutta Airport (CCU/VECC), India
Narrative:
The aircraft swung and crashed on takeoff. The co-pilot and radio-operator were killed and the pilot survived with serious injuries. The DC-3 was bound for Calcutta with a load of Assam oranges.

Sources:
» The Indian Express 26 January 1950, p8
» The Indian Express 28 January 1950, p10


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