Accident Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3) W-12, Wednesday 26 March 1947
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Date:Wednesday 26 March 1947
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Marine Luchtvaart Dienst - MLD
Registration: W-12
MSN: 13210
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:near Gimbat Station, NT -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
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Narrative:
During a flight from Sydney to Jakarta, this C-47 was struck by lightning en route over Katherine Gorge. The electric systems failed and radio and navigation equipment were no longer available. The pilot decided to carry out an emergency landing near Gimbat Station.
W-12 was towed to the town of Katherine, and then on towards Darwin through a river bed and jungle. It was finally transferred by ship from Darwin to Sydney to be used by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as an engine test bed.

Sources:

The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 The first seventy years Vol.2 / J.M. Gradidge
Nederlandse marine Dakota omgebouwd tot camper / Pieter van Wijngaarden

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