Accident description
Last updated: 22 August 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Monday 2 January 1961
Time:20:17
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-35-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Marine Luchtvaart Dienst (MLD)
Registration: 079
C/n / msn: 16537/33285
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) S off Biak (   Indonesia) show on map
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Biak-Mokmer Airport (BIK/WABB), Indonesia
Destination airport:Biak-Boroekoe Royal Dutch Navy Air Station, Indonesia
Narrative:
The C-47 operated on a night time training flight. It took off from the Biak-Boroekoe Royal Dutch Navy Air Station at 18:37. After practicing approach and landings, the crew had to activate light torches off the coast of Biak. The airplane flew along the coast line at an altitude of 3500-4000 feet.
One of these torches activated inside the aircraft and an in-flight fire erupted. The crew attempted to carry out an emergency landing at sea but the airplane crashed.


Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 The first seventy years Vol.2 / J.M. Gradidge
» Gedenkrol van de Koninklijke Marine 1939-1962 / H. Floor
» Ramp met Dakota 079 nabij Biak op 2 januari 1961 / Anne van Dijk en Kees Leebeek


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Distance from Biak-Mokmer Airport to Biak-Boroekoe Royal Dutch Navy Air Station as the crow flies is 4 km (2 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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