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Last updated: 27 September 2021
Status:Voorlopig
Datum:maandag 2 januari 1961
Tijd:20:17
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-1 (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Marine Luchtvaart Dienst - MLD
Registratie: 079
Constructienummer: 33285/16537
Bouwjaar: 1945
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 5
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 5
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:3 km (1.9 mijl) S van Biak (   IndonesiŽ)
Fase: Manoeuvreren (MNV)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Biak-Boroekoe Royal Dutch Navy Air Station, IndonesiŽ
Vliegveld van aankomst:Biak-Boroekoe Royal Dutch Navy Air Station, IndonesiŽ
Beschrijving:
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.

Bronnen:
» 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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