ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-3C VH-MMK Coolawanyah Airport, WA (COY)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 25 January 1951
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:MacRobertson Miller Airlines
Registration: VH-MMK
MSN: 19950
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:7130
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Coolawanyah Airport, WA (COY) (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Coolawanyah Airport, WA (COY/YCWY), Australia
Destination airport:Port Hedland Airport, WA (PHE/YPPD), Australia
Shortly after takeoff from Coolawanyah Airport, Australia, a fire was noticed in the auxiliary compartment of the no.1 engine. This was eventually extinguished and the aircraft returned to Coolawanyah. A safe landing on one engine was carried out at 13:32, twelve minutes after takeoff.

Probable Cause:

Conclusion: "The fire was due to fuel leaking from the connection between the fuel pressure gauge line and the elbow in E., chamber of the carburettor and being ignited. The cause of the fuel leak was the incorrect fitting of the union nut on the fuel line to the elbow in the carburettor."

Engine fire
Forced landing on runway

» Accident at Coolawanyah WA DC 3 aircraft on 25 January 1951 - VH-MMK / DCA


photo of Douglas-DC-3C-VH-MMK
accident date: 25-01-1951
type: Douglas DC-3C
registration: VH-MMK

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 Coolawanyah Airport, WA to Port Hedland Airport, WA as the crow flies is 181 km (113 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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