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Last updated: 31 May 2020
Date:Wednesday 14 March 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-93505
C/n / msn: 13424
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 22
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bathurst Bay, QLD (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Rockhampton Airport, QLD (ROK/YBRK), Australia
Destination airport:Pitu/Morotai Island Airport (OTI/WAMR), Indonesia
The C-47, en route from Rockhampton Airport, Australia to Morotai, Indonesia, was forced to turn back after running out of fuel. Most of the occupants bailed out of the plane before the crash. Two occupants were missing and are presumed to have died.

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Rockhampton Airport, QLD to Pitu/Morotai Island Airport as the crow flies is 3694 km (2309 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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