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Last updated: 16 October 2019
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Date:Wednesday 20 October 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-40-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-23965
C/n / msn: 9827
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:NNE off Palmyra Island Atoll (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI (HIK), United States of America
Destination airport:Palmyra Island Atoll-Cooper Airport (PLPA), U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
Narrative:
Missing en route Palmyra Island. The last reported position was 80 km NNE of Palmyra Island, while flying on top of overcast.

Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» MACR


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Distance from Honolulu-Hickam AFB, HI to Palmyra Island Atoll-Cooper Airport as the crow flies is 1763 km (1102 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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Douglas DC-3

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  • 370th loss
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