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Last updated: 26 September 2021
Estado:Preliminar
Fecha:lunes 2 enero 1961
Hora:20:17
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-1 (DC-3)
Operador:Marine Luchtvaart Dienst - MLD
Registración: 079
Numéro de série: 33285/16537
Año de Construcción: 1945
Motores: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 5 / Ocupantes: 5
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 5 / Ocupantes: 5
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:3 km (1.9 milles) S de la costa de Biak (   Indonesia)
Fase: Maniobras (MNV)
Naturaleza:Militar
Aeropuerto de Salida:Biak-Boroekoe Royal Dutch Navy Air Station, Indonesia
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Biak-Boroekoe Royal Dutch Navy Air Station, Indonesia
Descripción:
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.

Fuentes:
» 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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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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