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Last updated: 24 August 2019
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Date:Monday 10 December 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic B170 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol 170 Freighter 31M
Operator:Royal New Zealand Air Force - RNZAF
Registration: NZ5901
C/n / msn: 12832
First flight:
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 734
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:E of Cameron Highlands (   Malaysia)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Bristol Freighter was on a supply dropping mission over jungle east of the Cameron Highlands. Radio contact with the plane was lost about midday and the wreckage was spotted by a search plane later that afternoon on a steep ridge at an elevation of some 4,000 feet. A rescue party was dropped off in a clearing approximately 2,000 yards from the crash site. Poor weather hampered attempts to reach the wreckage which was eventually reached after three days. One survivor had entered the jungle and was found after twelve days.

Sources:
» Malaya Borneo veterans-1948/66 website


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