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Last updated: 21 October 2018
Date:Thursday 15 December 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-50-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Butler Air Transport
Registration: VH-AOG
C/n / msn: 10083
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2,5 km (1.6 mls) NE of Bourke Airport, NSW (BRK) (   Australia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bourke Airport, NSW (BRK/YBKE), Australia
Destination airport:Nyngan Airport, NSW (NYN/YNYN), Australia
The no. 2 engine failed immediately after takeoff from Bourke. A forced landing was carried out on a clearing in a sparsely timbered area 1,5 miles NE of the airport. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot, having failed to adopt the correct technique for asymmetric flight following failure of the starboard engine on takeoff, abandoned the takeoff in the belief that it was not possible to remain airborne."


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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 Bourke Airport, NSW to Nyngan Airport, NSW as the crow flies is 206 km (129 miles).

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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