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Date:Thursday 23 December 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-23500
MSN: 9362
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mount Victoria (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Dobodura No.15-North Borio Airstrip, Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Port Moresby-Wards Airfield, Papua New Guinea
The Douglas C-47A transport plane departed North Borio Airstrip (Dobodura No. 15) at 14:51 hours to return to Port Moresby-Wards Field. The aircraft, with four crew members and two passengers on board failed to arrive.
The initial search for the airplane was terminated on January 12, 1944.
During January 1944, the wreckage believed to be this C-47 was spotted at 8 57' S 147 35' E in on the uppermost slopes of the Owen Stanley Mountains on Mount Victoria. A ground party failed to reach the crash site failed due to the difficult terrain.

» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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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 Dobodura No.15-North Borio Airstrip to Port Moresby-Wards Airfield as the crow flies is 149 km (93 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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