ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47B-20-DK (DC-3) 43-49871 Hawaii
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Date:Thursday 18 January 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-20-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-49871
MSN: 27132/15687
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Hawaii (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Novato-Hamilton Army Air Field, CA, United States of America
Destination airport:Honolulu-John Rodgers Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL), United States of America
Lost at sea while being ferried to Australia. It was on delivery to the Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF and would receive the serial A65-72.

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Distance from Novato-Hamilton Army Air Field, CA to Honolulu-John Rodgers Airport, HI as the crow flies is 3835 km (2397 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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