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Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2018
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 27 March 1943
Time:05:12
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A65-2
C/n / msn: 6149
First flight: 1942
Total airframe hrs:273
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) S of Brisbane-Archerfield RAAF Station, QLD (   Australia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Brisbane-Archerfield Airport, QLD (YBAF), Australia
Destination airport:Sydney-Mascot Airport, NSW (SYD/YSSY), Australia
Narrative:
Crashed into wooded country shortly after takeoff.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: "Failure of one engine, followed by an unsuccessfull effort by the pilot to maintain (or gain) height which resulted in the aircraft stalling. The height gained since takeoff was apparently insufficient to permit of recovery from the stall."

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» Peter Dunn's Australia @ war
» Court of Inquiry report


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Distance from Brisbane-Archerfield Airport, QLD to Sydney-Mascot Airport, NSW as the crow flies is 728 km (455 miles).

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