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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 12 November 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-50C
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-7695
C/n / msn: 4083
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Cooktown, QLD (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Townsville Airport, QLD (TSV/YBTL), Australia
Destination airport:Cooktown Airport, QLD (CTN/YCKN), Australia
Narrative:
The C-50C, named "The Apple Cart" was attached to the 21 Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Group. The aircraft ditched into the sea on a flight from Townsville to Cooktown, Australia. The crew took to a dinghy and were rescued approximately 18 hours later by a passing freighter.

Classification:
Ditching

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Distance from Townsville Airport, QLD to Cooktown Airport, QLD as the crow flies is 454 km (284 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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