Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 20 October 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-30-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A65-83
C/n / msn: 16127/32875
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:Timor Sea (   Indian Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Ambon-Pattimura Airport (AMQ/WAPP), Indonesia
Destination airport:Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN), Australia
Narrative:
The RAAF air ambulance flight departed Morotai for Darwin, via Ambon. The C-47 arrived at Ambon at 08:50. The captain decided to await the arrival of another aircraft which arrived from Darwin to find out more about the weather conditions en route. Weather was poor but the plane departed from Ambon at 10:40. Approximately one hour into the flight Darwin Aeradio, received a message from the flight stating that they wished to place a message. No response was ever heard from the aircraft.

Sources:
» VH-CIZ Missing Dakota website
» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site


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Distance from Ambon-Pattimura Airport to Darwin Airport, NT as the crow flies is 1011 km (632 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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