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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 14 December 1943
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: A65-3
C/n / msn: 9012
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) S off Turtle Head Island, QLD (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Cooktown Airport, QLD (CTN/YCKN), Australia
Destination airport:Horn Island Airport, QLD (HID/YHID), Australia
Narrative:
The C-47 transport plane ditched after suffering an engine failure in flight.
The airplane operated on a flight from Cooktown to Horn Island, both in Queensland, Australia. There were eleven passengers and three crew members on board with
660 gallons of fuel and 6046 lb (2740 kg) of cargo. This caused the plane to be 1206 lb (550 kg) overloaded. En route the left hand engine failed but the prop was not feathered, causing excessive drag. The plane was ditched 40 miles from the destination.

Sources:
» Pacificwrecks.com
» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site


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Distance from Cooktown Airport, QLD to Horn Island Airport, QLD as the crow flies is 622 km (389 miles).

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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