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Last updated: 5 December 2019
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Date:Saturday 5 May 1945
Time:05:18
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-49H (DC-3-194B)
Operator:Australian National Airways - ANA
On behalf of:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-83228
C/n / msn: 1941
First flight: 1937
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-97
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3,5 km (2.2 mls) NW of Higgins Field, QLD (ABM) (   Australia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Brisbane-Archerfield Airport, QLD (YBAF), Australia
Destination airport:Higgins Field, QLD (ABM/YBAM), Australia
Narrative:
The C-49 struck the top of a hill while landing in darkness. The aircraft operated on a courier trip van Brisbane to New Guinea.

Sources:
» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site
» Peter Dunn's Australia @ war
» pacificwrecks.com


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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 Brisbane-Archerfield Airport, QLD to Higgins Field, QLD as the crow flies is 2145 km (1340 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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