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Accident description
Last updated: 18 March 2018
Date:Sunday 18 April 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic L14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 414-56 Hudson IIIA
Operator:Guinea Air Traders
Registration: VH-ALA
C/n / msn: 6460
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Total:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Lae Airfield (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lae Airfield, Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Bulolo Airport (BUL), Papua New Guinea
The pilot lost control when an engine failed on takeoff; crashed on an island in the Markham River. Only the pilot was provided with a seat and seatbelt as the airplane was operated in freighter configuration.

Probable Cause:

Cause: Error on the part of the pilot, most probably poor technique during the emergency, leading to a loss of control. Considered as a contributing factor was inadequate conversion training of the pilot in Hudson, in that he was not required to demonstrate his ability to fly the aircraft safely with one engine inoperative.
Al so cons idered contributory was improper loading of VH-ALA, which placed its centre of gravity beyond its rearmost limit, thus affecting the aircraft’s stability.

Loss of control

» The Lockheed File - VH-ALA
» Early Aviation Disasters / D. Gero, 2011


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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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