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Last updated: 3 December 2020
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Date:Friday 22 May 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operated by:Royal Norwegian Air Force - RNoAF
On behalf of:United Nations - UN
Registration: 303
C/n / msn: 20
First flight: 1954
Total airframe hrs:4389
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 5 km S of Luvungi airstrip (   Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Bukavu-Kamenbe Airport (BKY/FZMA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Destination airport:Bukavu-Kamenbe Airport (BKY/FZMA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Narrative:
The DHC-3 Otter was operating on a reconnaissance flight for the United Nations in Congo to oversee the evacuation of Scandinavian personnel at the Lemera mission station. While en route at 1200 feet, the engine was hit by a bullet from ground fire.
The pilot attempted to carry out a forced landing on a narrow road when the engine quit. The Otter touched down on the road at a speed of 70 knots and rolled about 150 feet until it hit a tree. The starboard wing broke away and the aircraft swung off the road.

Classification:
Shot down from the ground
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» dhc-3archive.com
» El Siglo de Torreón 24 May 1964, p10


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