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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 10 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: 41-18564
C/n / msn: 4689
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 23
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mount Obree (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Port Moresby-Wards Airfield, Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Pongani Airfield, Papua New Guinea
Narrative:
The C-47 transport plane, carrying U.S. Army troops from Wards Field to Pongani, was hit by a strong down-draft over the Owen Stanley Range. The aircraft impacted Mount Obree, Papua New Guinea, killing seven of the 23 onboard. Eight men with serious injuries remained at the crash site while two teams of four left, looking for help. After 32 days two men of the first team of four found help. The second party reached the coast on Dec. 14, 1942.
The crash site was discovered in July 1944 but all survivors had died by then.

Sources:
» Pacificwrecks.com
» National Museum of the USAF - The Tragic Story of The Flying Dutchman
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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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 Port Moresby-Wards Airfield to Pongani Airfield as the crow flies is 157 km (98 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 82nd loss
  • 33rd fatal accident
  • 7th worst accident (at the time)
  • 301st worst accident (currently)
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 Papua New Guinea
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