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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Friday 26 November 1943
Time:ca 04:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-56B-LO Lodestar
Operator:Qantas
Registration: VH-CAB
C/n / msn: 18-2103
First flight: 1941
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) from Port Moresby (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Port Moresby-Wards Airfield, Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Townsville-Garbutt Airfield, QLD (TSV/YBTL), Australia
Narrative:
Flew into the side of a mountain.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» www.pacificwrecks.com


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Distance from Port Moresby-Wards Airfield to Townsville-Garbutt Airfield, QLD as the crow flies is 1089 km (680 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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