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Last updated: 20 July 2019
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Date:Sunday 23 July 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: 39090
C/n / msn: 13859
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:30 km (18.8 mls) W of Kokoda (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Cairns Airport, QLD (CNS/YBCS), Australia
Destination airport:Manus Island-Momote Airport (MAS/AYMO), Papua New Guinea
Narrative:
Struck high ground in the Owen Stanley Range, en route from RAAF Cairns, Australia to Momote, PNG.
The wreckage was discovered in 1970.

Sources:
» PacificWrecks.com
» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
» Mark Dodge (e-mail, 24-11-2012)


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Distance from Cairns Airport, QLD to Manus Island-Momote Airport as the crow flies is 1652 km (1033 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

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 879th loss
  • 293rd fatal accident
  • 41st worst accident (at the time)
  • 331st worst accident (currently)
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 Papua New Guinea
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  • 15th worst accident (currently)
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