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Accident description
Last updated: 19 March 2018
Date:Tuesday 16 January 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-15155
C/n / msn: 19621
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 165 km E of Kunming (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Chongqing-Jiangbei International Airport (CKG/ZUCK), China
Destination airport:Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield (KMG/ZPPP), China
Lost during a flight over the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains, also known as "the hump".

» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Chongqing-Jiangbei International Airport to Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield as the crow flies is 647 km (405 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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