Date & Time: Dec 18, 1939 at 0540 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed 10 Electra
Operator:
Registration:
VH-UXI
Flight Type:
Military
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Darwin – Adelaide
MSN:
1105
YOM:
1937
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 christened 'Moresby' left Darwin Airport at 0535LT bound for Adelaide with ten soldiers and two crew on behalf of the Royal Australian Air Force. Five minutes after take off, the right engine fired and the crew decided to return to Darwin. On final approach, the captain was forced to attempt an emergency landing when in low visibility, the aircraft hit a tree and crashed in flames in a prairie. While all twelve occupants escaped uninjured, the aircraft was completely destroyed by fire.
Causes:
Engine fire.