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Accident description
Last updated: 31 May 2016
Date:Thursday 15 November 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A65-54
C/n / msn: 13339
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Total:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Jacquinot Bay (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Jacquinot Bay Airport (JAQ), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Rabaul-Lakunai Airfield (RAB/AYRB), Papua New Guinea
Crashed into a 7598 foot (2315 m) mountain peak during a short flight from Jacquinot Bay to Rabaul.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Dakota crash premonition / By Bob Piper Military Aviation Research Services. - Air Force, Volume 48, No. 5, April 6, 2006
» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site


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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 Jacquinot Bay Airport to Rabaul-Lakunai Airfield as the crow flies is 176 km (110 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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Douglas DC-3

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