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Last updated: 23 September 2021
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Datum:Mittwoch 24 Mai 1961
Zeit:ca 04:35
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4-1009
Fluggesellschaft:Trans Australia Airlines - TAA
Kennzeichen: VH-TAA
Werknummer: 43065
Baujahr: 1946
Betriebsstunden:46006
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-D5
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Bulwer Island, QLD (   Australien)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Frachtflug
Flug von:Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD/YSSY), Australien
Flug nach:Brisbane-Eagle Farm Airport, QLD, Australien
Flugnummer:1902
Unfallbericht:
Trans Australia Airlines flight 1902 departed Melbourne, Australia at 22:54 hours on 23rd May 1961 on a domestic cargo flight to Brisbane. An intermediate stop was planned at Sydney. The DC-4 took off from Sydney at 02:29 hours, May 24.
At 04:25 hours VH-TAA called Brisbane tower and reported its position as being 30 miles from Brisbane. At 04:34 they reported the field in sight.
The DC-4 didn't arrive at Brisbane and was later found to have crashed on Bulwer Island in a tidal covered mangrove-covered mud flat.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident occurred during the pre-landing circuit when the captain tried to leave his seat under the influence of a disordered cardiac function and, in the course of so doing, collapsed across the engine control console in such a way as to bring all four throttle levers to the closed position depriving the first officer of the throttle movement necessary to avoid a crash-landing off the airport."



Fotos

photo of Douglas-DC-4-1009-VH-TAA
accident date: 24-05-1961
type: Douglas DC-4-1009
registration: VH-TAA
photo of Douglas-DC-4-1009-VH-TAA
accident date: 24-05-1961
type: Douglas DC-4-1009
registration: VH-TAA
photo of Douglas-DC-4-1009-VH-TAA
accident date: 24-05-1961
type: Douglas DC-4-1009
registration: VH-TAA
photo of Douglas-DC-4-1009-VH-TAA
accident date: 24-05-1961
type: Douglas DC-4-1009
registration: VH-TAA
photo of Douglas-DC-4-1009-VH-TAA
 

Map
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 Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW to Brisbane-Eagle Farm Airport, QLD as the crow flies is 751 km (469 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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