Unlawful Interference Douglas C-47B-20-DK (DC-3) VT-CLA, Tuesday 29 July 1947
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Date:Tuesday 29 July 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47B-20-DK (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Orissa State Government
Registration: VT-CLA
MSN: 26916/15471
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:3 km S of Yogyakarta -   Indonesia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Singapore (unknown airport)
Destination airport:Yogyakarta-Maguwo Airport (JOG/WARJ)
The DC-3 plane VT-CLA was chartered by Indonesian Government for carrying medical Malaysian Red Cross supplies. The airplane was shot down by an ML-KNIL (Royal Dutch Indies Army) Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter. The aircraft went into a dive, first crashing into a tree then into paddy fields in Ngoto, Bantul. Only its tail remained in one piece.
Dutch authorities claimed that they had not been informed of the flight and that the aircraft carried no Red Cross markings.


Australian pilot and international crew who died for Indonesia's freedom in 1947
Indonesian aviation 1945 -1950 / by Jos Heyman, Riverton, Australia, November 2005


  • 80th worst accident in 1947
  • 672nd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 259th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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