Unfallbericht:The C-47 had just undergone repairs and was taken for a sightseeing flight to Sydney Island. After circling the island a few times, it came in very low over the water. The right wing clipped a tree, outside of the motor, at the beach breaking the tree off about thirty feet from the ground. The plane went up over the trees for a distance of about 150 yards and started coming down through the trees again, shearing off the trees until it came to rest approximately 376 yards from the first tree which was struck. The airplane caught fire and burned out.
|Datum:||Freitag 17 Dezember 1943|
Douglas C-47A-DL (DC-3)
|Fluggesellschaft:||United States Army Air Force - USAAF|
|Triebwerk:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 7|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 9 / Insassen: 9 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||Sydney Island ( Kiribati)
|Flugphase:|| Manövrieren (MNV)|
|Flug von:||Canton Island Airport (CIS/PCIS), Kiribati|
|Flug nach:||Canton Island Airport (CIS/PCIS), Kiribati|
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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.