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Last updated: 26 October 2021
Date:Thursday 26 February 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-53 Skytrooper (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-20066
MSN: 4836
First flight: 1941
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) SW of Truscott, WA (   Australia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Broome Airport, WA (BME/YBRM), Australia
Destination airport:Broome Airport, WA (BME/YBRM), Australia
The pilot overshot Broome Airport at night and flew on for another 400 miles. It subsequently made a wheels up landing in an open space near Varsittart Bay, about six miles south-west of Truscott. All survived. The crash site is still accessible.

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photo of Douglas-C-53-Skytrooper-41-20066
accident date: 26-02-1942
type: Douglas C-53 Skytrooper (DC-3)
registration: 41-20066


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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