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Date:mardi 23 novembre 1943
Heure:ca 09:00
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL Skytrain
Compagnie:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Immatriculation: 41-18675
Numéro de série: 6081
Année de Fabrication: 1942
Equipage:victimes: 6 / à bord: 6
Passagers:victimes: 19 / à bord: 19
Total:victimes: 25 / à bord: 25
Dégats de l'appareil: Disparu
Conséquences: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Lieu de l'accident:Nakety Bay (   Nouvelle-Calédonie)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Militaire
Aéroport de départ:Nouméa-Tontouta Airport (NOU/NWWW), Nouvelle-Calédonie
Aéroport de destination:Espirítu Santo-Pekoa Airport (SON/NVSS), Iles Vanuatu
Détails:
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.

Sources:
» Report of the official investigation


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Nouméa-Tontouta Airport et Espirítu Santo-Pekoa Airport est de 729 km (456 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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