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Last updated: 14 August 2020
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Fecha:martes 23 noviembre 1943
Hora:ca 09:00
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL Skytrain
Operador:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registración: 41-18675
Numéro de série: 6081
Año de Construcción: 1942
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 6 / Ocupantes: 6
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 19 / Ocupantes: 19
Total:Fatalidades: 25 / Ocupantes: 25
Daños en la Aeronave: Desaparecido
Consecuencias: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Ubicación:Nakety Bay (   Nueva Caledonia)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Militar
Aeropuerto de Salida:Nouméa-Tontouta Airport (NOU/NWWW), Nueva Caledonia
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Espirítu Santo-Pekoa Airport (SON/NVSS), Vanuatu
Descripción:
In November 1943 the USAAF 403 Troop Carrier Group (TCG) was part of an organisation known as SCAT - South Pacific Combat Air Transport. It was based at Luganville Airport (aka Pekoa) on Espirítu Santo and provided an air freight and military passenger service all around the South Pacific.
Douglas C-47 Skytrain 41-18675, call-sign "675-Baker-253" took off from Noumea-Tontouta Airport, New Caledonia bound for Espiritu Santo.
Radio contact was established at 0810 but the aircraft failed to respond to a scheduled call at 0910. Two days later, damaged gear and some personal effects from the plane were found in Nakety Bay.
A cold front had passed through the New Caledonia area in the early hours of the morning of the 23rd bringing a cloud layer at 2 to 4 thousand feet and a visibility of 4 to 6 miles, with 3 miles in heavier rain. The route was considered flyable on instruments and several aircraft flew it that day without the pilots reporting any difficulty with the weather conditions.
The bodies of the 6 crew-members and 19 passengers (3 RNZAF and 16 USMC from VMTB-232) were never found.

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Distance from Nouméa-Tontouta Airport to Espirítu Santo-Pekoa Airport as the crow flies is 729 km (456 miles).
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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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