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Last updated: 26 July 2021
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Date:Thursday 4 September 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A4-140
MSN: 140
First flight: 1964
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 54
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Baucau Airport (BCH) (   East Timor)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Baucau-English Madeira Airport (BCH/WPEC), East Timor
Destination airport:Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN), Australia
Narrative:
During a period of civil unrest in East Timor, in a period when it was becoming independent from colonisation by Portugal, the RAAF Caribou was tasked to evacuate some nuns from Baucau.
While on the ground at Baucau Airport, armed men demanded that over 40 people be evacuated from the island to Australia. The demands were met and the aircraft flew to Darwin, where the hijackers were arrested and later granted asylum.

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Sources:
» theguardian.com


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Distance from Baucau-English Madeira Airport to Darwin Airport, NT as the crow flies is 653 km (408 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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