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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Sunday 18 April 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic L14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 414-56 Hudson IIIA
Operator:Guinea Air Traders
Registration: VH-ALA
C/n / msn: 6460
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Total:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Lae Airfield (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lae Airfield, Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Bulolo Airport (BUL), Papua New Guinea
Narrative:
The pilot lost control when an engine failed on takeoff; crashed on an island in the Markham River. Only the pilot was provided with a seat and seatbelt as the airplane was operated in freighter configuration.

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» The Lockheed File - VH-ALA


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