ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47B-1-DL (DC-3) 43-16230 Irian Jaya
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Date:Friday 22 June 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-1-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-16230
MSN: 20696
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Irian Jaya (   Indonesia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Merauke-Mopah Airport (MKQ/WAKK), Indonesia
Destination airport:Biak (unknown airport), Indonesia
The C-47B transport plane departed Australia carrying passengers returning from leave and a cargo of fresh food. The airplane landed at Merauke Airfield in the evening and took off again at roughly 21:40 hours, bound for Biak. That night, there were stratocumulus cloud cover to 12,000' with 6-8/10 cover and intermittent rains. Last radio contact was at 22:40. The aircraft failed to arrive at Biak and searches were fruitless.
On March 2, 1962 the wreckage of this C-47 was discovered on a mountain peak at 12,000 feet.

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


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