ASN Aircraft accident Douglas R4D-5 (DC-3) 39073 between Torokina and Guadalcanal
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Date:Thursday 18 May 1944
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: 39073
MSN: 10093
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:between Torokina and Guadalcanal (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Cape Torokina Airfield, Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Guadalcanal Airport (GSI), Solomon Islands
A Douglas R4D-5 Navy transport plane went missing en route between Cape Torokina Airfield, PNG and Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
The airplane took off at 10:08 with 23 persons plus 1,300 pounds of mail aboard. The last radio contact with the aircraft was at the time of takeoff. Weather was poor with moderate rain showers reducing visibility from six miles to one mile.

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