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Last updated: 20 January 2022
Datum:donderdag 25 januari 1951
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:MacRobertson Miller Airlines
Registratie: VH-MMK
Constructienummer: 19950
Bouwjaar: 1944
Aantal vlieguren:7130
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden:
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden:
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Coolawanyah Airport, WA (COY) (   AustraliŽ)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Coolawanyah Airport, WA (COY/YCWY), AustraliŽ
Vliegveld van aankomst:Port Hedland Airport, WA (PHE/YPPD), AustraliŽ
Shortly after takeoff from Coolawanyah Airport, Australia, a fire was noticed in the auxiliary compartment of the no.1 engine. This was eventually extinguished and the aircraft returned to Coolawanyah. A safe landing on one engine was carried out at 13:32, twelve minutes after takeoff.

Probable Cause:

Conclusion: "The fire was due to fuel leaking from the connection between the fuel pressure gauge line and the elbow in E., chamber of the carburettor and being ignited. The cause of the fuel leak was the incorrect fitting of the union nut on the fuel line to the elbow in the carburettor."

» Accident at Coolawanyah WA DC 3 aircraft on 25 January 1951 - VH-MMK / DCA


photo of Douglas-DC-3C-VH-MMK
accident date: 25-01-1951
type: Douglas DC-3C
registration: VH-MMK

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Coolawanyah Airport, WA en Port Hedland Airport, WA bedraagt 181 km (113 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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