ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47B-30-DK (DC-3) A65-83 Timor Sea
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Date:Wednesday 19 December 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-30-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A65-83
MSN: 32875/16127
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:Timor Sea (   Indian Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Ambon-Pattimura Airport (AMQ/WAPP), Indonesia
Destination airport:Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN), Australia
The RAAF air ambulance flight departed Morotai for Darwin, via Ambon. The C-47 arrived at Ambon at 08:50. The captain decided to await the arrival of another aircraft which arrived from Darwin to find out more about the weather conditions en route. Weather was poor but the plane departed from Ambon at 10:40. Approximately one hour into the flight Darwin Aeradio, received a message from the flight stating that they wished to place a message. No response was ever heard from the aircraft.

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Distance from Ambon-Pattimura Airport to Darwin Airport, NT as the crow flies is 1011 km (632 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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