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Accident description
Last updated: 27 April 2017
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Date:Wednesday 22 September 1943
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: 42-6471
C/n / msn: 4923
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,2 km (0.8 mls) N of Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU) (   India)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU/VECC), India
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Crashed after takeoff and burned. One occupant survived the accident but died of his injuries two days later.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» El Litoral 29 Sep 1943


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