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Last updated: 7 December 2021
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Date:Monday 31 July 1961
Time:19:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-35-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A65-106
MSN: 33290/16542
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Pearce, WA (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Pearce Airport, WA (YPEA), Australia
Destination airport:Edinburgh RAAF Station, SA (YPED), Australia
Narrative:
Crashed on a hillside shortly after takeoff. The C-47 was returning home after calibrating the Muchea Tracking Station in support of NASA's Mercury space launch project.

Sources:
» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site


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Distance from Pearce Airport, WA to Edinburgh RAAF Station, SA as the crow flies is 2120 km (1325 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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