Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 18 September 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-5-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A65-61
C/n / msn: 14554/25999
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Puncak Jaya (   Indonesia) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Biak-Mokmer Airport (BIK/WABB), Indonesia
Destination airport:Townsville Airport, QLD (TSV/YBTL), Australia
Narrative:
The aircraft crashed into a mountain in the Carstenz Ranges at an altitude of 14,200 feet. The wreck was discovered in December 1970 high in the mountains and broken in a ravine. The site was discovered north west of the Grasberg mine operated by PT Freeport. All remains were recovered from the crash site in a joint exercise between the Royal Australian Air Force and the Indonesian National Defence Force (TNI-AU). The exercise was conducted over 23 May to 6 June 2005.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Sydney Morning Herald
» www.pacificwrecks.com
» Australian Governement Department of Defence


Photos

photo of Douglas C-47B-5-DK A65-61
WGCDR R Tompsett and FLTLT G Williams discuss tactics for a detailed search of the crash site. [Photo nr.000-176-595_0018]
photo of Douglas C-47B-5-DK A65-61
The wreckage of Dakota A65-61 is situated at 14200ft in the ranges north west of the Grasberg mine operated by PT Freeport Indonesia. [Photo nr.000-176-595_0092]
photo of Douglas C-47B-5-DK A65-61
The wreckage of Dakota A65-61 is situated at 14200ft in the ranges north west of the Grasberg mine operated by PT Freeport Indonesia. [Photo nr.000-176-595_0093]
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Map
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 Biak-Mokmer Airport to Townsville Airport, QLD as the crow flies is 2309 km (1443 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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