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Last updated: 20 November 2018
Status:Final
Date:Monday 12 December 1960
Time:ca 14:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:Airlines of New South Wales
Registration: VH-INI
C/n / msn: 12252
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:33027
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:21 km (13.1 mls) E off South Head, Sydney, NSW (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD/YSSY), Australia
Destination airport:Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD/YSSY), Australia
Narrative:
The DC-3C had departed Sydney for a pilot training flight, but failed to return. Some floating wreckage was found and recovered off Sydney.
It was determined that the aircraft did not carry out a controlled ditching, based on the pieces of wreckage that were recovered. Investigators also did not find any evidence of a fire or explosion.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: "The cause of this accident has not been determined."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: DCA Australia
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 147 days (5 months)
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report


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