Accident description
Last updated: 21 December 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 10 March 1946
Time:20:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Australian National Airways - ANA
Registration: VH-AET
C/n / msn: 6013
First flight: 1942
Total airframe hrs:7477
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Derwent River estuary, TAS (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Hobart Airport, TAS (HBA/YMHB), Australia
Destination airport:Melbourne-Essendon Airport, VIC (MEB), Australia
Narrative:
The DC-3 crashed into the Derwent River estuary some 10 minutes after takeoff from Hobart. This was caused by an inadvertent engagement of the autopilot in mistake for fuel cross feed.

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 43)


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Distance from Hobart Airport, TAS to Melbourne-Essendon Airport, VIC as the crow flies is 608 km (380 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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