ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3) 41-38615 Natunga
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Date:Thursday 5 November 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-38615
MSN: 4643
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Natunga (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Port Moresby-Wards Airfield, Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:?
The Douglas C-47 transport plane took off from Port Moresby-Wards Airfield with two other aircraft.
Their mission was to drop supplies to US Army troops crossing the Owen Stanley Mountains. During the drop, one of the cargo parachutes became tangled in the tail assembly of the plane, causing it to crash into a hillside, killing everyone aboard.

Loss of control

» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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