Date & Time: Mar 26, 1942
Operator:
Registration:
PK-AFM
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Desert
Schedule:
Brisbane – Daly Waters – Batchelor
MSN:
1411
YOM:
1938
Country:
Australia
Region:
Oceania
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft was carrying ten US soldiers and two crew to Batchelor. As the aircraft did not arrive, SAR operations were conducted. Four days later, the crew of a KNILM's DC-3 (PK-ALT) overflew the crash site. As all occupants seems to survive, foods and water were dropped to the zone and two days later, a truck arrived on the scene to evacuate all twelve occupants.
Probable cause:
According to the crew, they lost their orientation while on a night flight and were unable to locate the airport of Batchelor. Eventually, the Captain decided to attempt an emergency landing but after touchdown, the aircraft hit trees and both wings were sheared off.