ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-39 (DC-2) 38-505 Alice Springs, NT (ASP)
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Date:Monday 25 May 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-39 (DC-2)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 38-505
MSN: 2062
First flight: 1939
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-21
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:NE of Alice Springs, NT (ASP) (   Australia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Alice Springs Airport, NT (ASP/YBAS), Australia
Destination airport:Daly Waters Airport, NT (DYW/YDLW), Australia
Crashed on takeoff and burst into flames. The airplane was overloaded, carrying a load of ammunition.
The aircraft was attached to 21st Troop Carrier Squadron.

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Distance from Alice Springs Airport, NT to Daly Waters Airport, NT as the crow flies is 837 km (523 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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