Accident Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3) A65-3,
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Date:Tuesday 14 December 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A65-3
MSN: 9012
Year of manufacture:1943
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:1,5 km S off Turtle Head Island, QLD -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Cooktown Airport, QLD (CTN/YCKN)
Destination airport:Horn Island Airport, QLD (HID/YHID)
The C-47 transport plane ditched after suffering an engine failure in flight.
The airplane operated on a flight from Cooktown to Horn Island, both in Queensland, Australia. There were eleven passengers and three crew members on board with 660 gallons of fuel and 6046 lb (2740 kg) of cargo. This caused the plane to be 1206 lb (550 kg) overloaded. En route the left hand engine failed but the prop was not feathered, causing excessive drag. The plane was ditched 40 miles from the destination.

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