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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Date:Friday 19 October 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Canadian Air Force - RCAF
Registration: KG439
C/n / msn: 12474
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Purley, Surrey (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:London-Croydon Airport (-/-), United Kingdom
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Dakota lost power after takeoff because the wrong fuel tanks were selected. Control was lost and the aircraft crashed into the front yard of a house on Mitchley Avenue.

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley


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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.
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