Accident Douglas DC-2-210 VH-UYC, Tuesday 25 October 1938
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Date:Tuesday 25 October 1938
Time:13:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-2-210
Owner/operator:Australian National Airways - ANA
Registration: VH-UYC
MSN: 1566
Year of manufacture:1937
Fatalities:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Mt Dandenong, VIC -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Adelaide Airport, SA (ADL/YPAD)
Destination airport:Melbourne-Essendon Airport, VIC (MEB/YMEN)
Narrative:
En route from Adelaide to Melbourne, the DC-2 named "Kyeema" lost its visual bearings while trying to locate Essendon Airport. It was on the wrong heading and after entering cloud, impacted the top of Mount Dandenong, 50 km east of Melbourne and approximately 45 km south east of the airfield at Essendon. The four crew members (Capt A.C. Webb, First Off A.J. Steen, Hostess Elva Jones, Cadett Pilot Phillip Pring) and the 14 passengers died.

Sources:

Air Crash Vol.1/Macarthur Job, p131-146
Flight Safety magazine Nov 1998

Statistics

  • 7th worst accident in 1938
  • 3rd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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