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Last updated: 13 August 2020
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Datum:dinsdag 23 november 1943
Tijd:ca 09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL Skytrain
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registratie: 41-18675
Constructienummer: 6081
Bouwjaar: 1942
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 6 / inzittenden: 6
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 19 / inzittenden: 19
Totaal:slachtoffers: 25 / inzittenden: 25
Schade: Vermist
Gevolgen: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Plaats:Nakety Bay (   Nieuw Caledonië)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Nouméa-Tontouta Airport (NOU/NWWW), Nieuw Caledonië
Vliegveld van aankomst:Espirítu Santo-Pekoa Airport (SON/NVSS), Vanuatu
Beschrijving:
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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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Nouméa-Tontouta Airport en Espirítu Santo-Pekoa Airport bedraagt 729 km (456 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 415e ongeval
  • 141e dodelijk ongeval
  • 3e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 113e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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 Nieuw Caledonië
  • The zwaarste ongeval
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