Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 26 June 1950
Time:22:12
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4-1009
Operator:Australian National Airways - ANA
Registration: VH-ANA
C/n / msn: 42910
First flight: 1946
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:56 km (35 mls) E of Guildford, WA (   Australia) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Guildford Airport, WA (PER/YPPH), Australia
Destination airport:Adelaide Airport, SA (ADL/YPAD), Australia
Narrative:
Douglas DC-4 "Amana" took off from Guildford (Perth) runway 29 at 21:50 for a flight to Melbourne via Adelaide. After departure the number four engine had been shut down by the flight crew and subsequently the remaining three engines had all failed for indeterminate periods. The crew turned left in an attempt to return to the airport. In a 15 degree turn the aircraft barely cleared a ridge line, struck a tree 30 feet off the ground and ploughed into a downward slope.
One passenger initially survived the accident, but died six days later.


Sources:
» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site
» The Canberra Times, Monday 3 July 1950


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Distance from Guildford Airport, WA to Adelaide Airport, SA as the crow flies is 2109 km (1318 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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