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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 5 November 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-38615
C/n / msn: 4643
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Natunga (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Port Moresby-Wards Airfield, Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Douglas C-47 transport plane took off from Port Moresby-Wards Airfield with two other aircraft.
Their mission was to drop supplies to US Army troops crossing the Owen Stanley Mountains. During the drop, one of the cargo parachutes became tangled in the tail assembly of the plane, causing it to crash into a hillside, killing everyone aboard.

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


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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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