ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-1-DK (DC-3) VH-MAE Wapenamanda Airport (WBM)
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Date:Monday 17 July 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-1-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea
Registration: VH-MAE
MSN: 11917
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Wapenamanda Airport (WBM) (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Madang Airport (MAG/AYMD), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Wapenamanda Airport (WBM/AYWD), Papua New Guinea
The Ansett C-47A was flying cargo from Madang (MAG) to Wapenamanda (WBM). On landing the right undercarriage collapsed due to a fractured trunnion at the rear of the undercarriage strut. The wings were removed with a crowbar and the fuselage pushed to one side of the runway to became accommodation for the locals.

» E-mail from Peter Fox 17-5-2006


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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 Madang Airport to Wapenamanda Airport as the crow flies is 214 km (134 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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