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Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 26 February 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
Operator:ML-KNIL (Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force)
Registration: VHRET
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) NW off Point Lookout, Stradbroke Island, QLD (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Crashed in sea during a test flight after a fire erupted in one of the engines. Three Dutch and three Australian citizen died in the crash.

Sources:
» ABC (Sevilla) 27 February 1947, p8
» militaireluchtvaartnederland.nl
» Red City Bulletin 14 Oct 2016


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