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Last updated: 16 October 2019
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Date:Monday 27 December 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-5 (DC-3)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 12432
C/n / msn: 9529
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:New Caledonia and Vanuatu (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Nouméa-Tontouta Airport (NOU/NWWW), New Caledonia
Destination airport:Espirítu Santo-Pekoa Airport (SON/NVSS), Vanuatu
Narrative:
Missing over the Pacific Ocean.

Sources:
» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher


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