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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 13 May 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-20-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-49788
C/n / msn: 27049/15604
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 23
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Irian Jaya (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Flew into the side of a mountain at an elevation of 7000 ft. (2100 m). Three survivors were picked up nearly two weeks after the accident.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher


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Douglas DC-3

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