Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 22 October 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 30 May 1977
Time:20:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-30-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Rhodesian Air Force
Registration: R3702
C/n / msn: 13965/25310
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Mapai (   Mozambique)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Mapai, Mozambique
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The C-47 was returning to Rhodesia following an attack on ZANLA guerrillas, active in the Mozambique, Rhodesian border area (Operation Aztec). The airplane departed Mapai when the starboard engine was hit by an RPG7 rocket. The airplane crashed.

Sources:
» Rhodesia - Roll of Honour
» USMC Seminar: War Since 1945: Rhodesia: Tactical Victory, Strategic Defeat


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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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