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Last updated: 7 August 2020
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Date:Monday 14 August 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:Trans Australia Airlines - TAA
Registration: VH-SBQ
C/n / msn: 241
First flight: 1958
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney R-1340
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:W off Samarai Island (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The engine lost power due to a cylinder failure and the pilot made a safe emergency landing on the sea. The aircraft subsequently drifted onto rocks and was destroyed. Seven passengers and two crew rescued.

Classification:
Ditching

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