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Status:Preliminary
Date:Saturday 31 March 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-25-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Koninklijke Luchtmacht - Klu (Royal Netherl. Air Force)
Registration: X-3
MSN: 32632/15884
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:E off Sorong-Jefman Airport (SOQ) (   Indonesia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Manokwari-Rendani Airport (MKW/WASR), Indonesia
Destination airport:Sorong-Jefman Airport (SOQ/WASS), Indonesia
Narrative:
The C-47 transport plane departed Rendani Airport (MKW) on a flight to Sorong (SOQ). En route the crew encountered thunderstorms and it appeared that the weather at Sorong had also deteriorated. A cloud base of 500 feet was reported. A few other aircraft had landed ahead of X-3.
The crew were not able to locate the airport and fuel shortage forced them to ditch the plane off shore.

Classification:

Fuel exhaustion
Ditching

Sources:
» De Vliegende Hollander / nr. 6, juni 1962


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Distance from Manokwari-Rendani Airport to Sorong-Jefman Airport as the crow flies is 324 km (203 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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