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Last updated: 21 September 2019
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Date:Tuesday 24 August 1954
Time:ca 11:00
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 Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A65-50
C/n / msn: 13082
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:3693
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Forrest Hill, VIC (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Canberra Airport, ACT (CBR/YSCB), Australia
Destination airport:East Sale AB, VIC (YMES), Australia
Narrative:
En route to East Sale, the starboard engine failed. The plane lost altitude dramatically and was subject to severe turbulence. The pilot attempted a forced landing on an open flat amongst the forested mountains. The Douglas C-47A did not make it and contacted some trees. A large eucalypt tree crashed into the cockpit destroying the starboard side. The port wing sheared off and one of the blades of the starboard propeller sliced through the floor of the signaller's compartment.

Classification:

Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» How a DC3 Came to Rest in the Australian Alps


Photos

photo of Douglas-C-47A-A65-50
accident date: 24-08-1954
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: A65-50
photo of Douglas-C-47A-A65-50
accident date: 24-08-1954
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: A65-50
 

Map
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 Canberra Airport, ACT to East Sale AB, VIC as the crow flies is 359 km (224 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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