ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3) MA965 Pir Panjal Range
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Date:Friday 31 October 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Indian Air Force - IAF
Registration: MA965
MSN: 12819
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:within Pir Panjal Range (   India)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Ambala Air Force Station (VIAM), India
Destination airport:Srinagar Airport (SXR/VISR), India
The C-47 transport plane went missing during a flight from Ambala Air Force Station. The wreckage was located in June 1980 in mountainous terrain.
The aircraft was carrying troops to Srinagar, after Pakistani militias had tried to take control of parts of Kashmir.

» Bharat Rakshak
» The Indian Express 1 October 1948, p2


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Distance from Ambala Air Force Station to Srinagar Airport as the crow flies is 443 km (277 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

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