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Last updated: 28 November 2020
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 1 April 1965
Time:22:17 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Victorian Air Coach Services
Registration: VH-ANJ
C/n / msn: 9105
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Wright GR-1820 Cyclone
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Warrnambool Airport, VIC (WMB) (   Australia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Warrnambool Airport, VIC (WMB/YWBL), Australia
Destination airport:Melbourne-Essendon Airport, VIC (MEB/YMEN), Australia
Flightnumber: 1
Narrative:
The aircraft commenced a take off from Warrnambool Airport, Australia, and became airborne. Prior to undercarriage retraction, a loss of engine power occurred, and the pilot in command deduced that the no.1 (left) engine had failed. He feathered this engine and then became aware that the no.2 (right) engine was delivering only partial power which was insufficient to sustain the aircraft in flight. A suitable area was selected immediately, and a landing with wheels and flaps retracted was made in grassy paddocks on level terrain but the aircraft passed through three fences before coming to rest.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: "The cause of the accident was that the pilot in command, on becoming aware of a loss of engine power, took action to feather the propeller after adopting procedures which failed to ensure correct identification of the defective engine."

Classification:
Shutdown of wrong engine
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 88/74 Volume II (3-6)
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Distance from Warrnambool Airport, VIC to Melbourne-Essendon Airport, VIC as the crow flies is 224 km (140 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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