Crash of a De Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth in Cirrus Lake

Date & Time: Jun 12, 1947
Registration:
CF-BNX
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
FM.15
Location: Cirrus Lake (18703)"> Ontario (15571)">
Country: Canada (13435)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Cirrus Lake, while climbing, the single engine aircraft hit trees and crashed in flames in a wooded area. The pilot was injured and the aircraft was destroyed by fire.

Crash of a Douglas C-54B-15-DO Skymaster near Bainbridge: 53 killed

Date & Time: May 30, 1947 at 1741 LT
Type of aircraft: Douglas C-54 Skymaster (29601)">
Operator: Eastern Airlines (30948)">
Registration:
NC88814
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Newark – Miami
MSN:
18380
YOM:
1944
Flight number:
EA605
Location: Bainbridge (17239)"> Maryland (15217)">
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
49
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
53
Captain / Total flying hours:
11514
Captain / Total hours on type:
683.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2550
Copilot / Total hours on type:
488
Aircraft flight hours:
3623
Circumstances:
The four engine aircraft left Newark Airport at 1704LT on a flight to Miami. While climbing to an altitude of 4,000 feet, the aircraft went out of control, dove into the ground and crashed in a huge explosion in a field located 2 miles east of Bainbridge. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 53 occupants were killed.
Causes:
The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was a sudden loss of control, for reasons unknown, resulting in a dive to the ground.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-75-DL near Trinidad

Date & Time: May 29, 1947
Registration:
CB-32
Flight Phase:
Site:
MSN:
19445
YOM:
1944
Location: Trinidad (27211)"> Beni (14002)">
Country: Bolivia (13478)">
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in a swampy area. Occupant fate remains unknown.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I near Bulolo

Date & Time: May 24, 1947
Type of aircraft: Avro 652 Anson (30171)">
Operator: Guinea Air Traders (32957)">
Registration:
VH-AYD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Location: Bulolo (18056)"> Morobe (15319)">
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While on a cargo flight from Lae, the crew encountered an unexpected situation and was forced to make an emergency landing. The twin engine aircraft came to rest in a field located near Bulolo and was damaged beyond repair. Both crewmen were unhurt.

Crash of a Beechcraft C-45F Expeditor near Windsor: 6 killed

Date & Time: May 19, 1947
Registration:
44-87142
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
8401
YOM:
1945
Location: Windsor (28013)"> Ontario (15571)">
Country: Canada (13435)">
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
While approaching the Selfridge Air National Guard Base from the south, the twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances two miles south of Windsor, Ontario. All six occupants were killed.

Crash of a Caudron C.440 Goéland in Châtillon-sur-Colmont: 4 killed

Date & Time: May 15, 1947
Type of aircraft: Caudron C.440 Goéland (30127)">
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Paris - Paris
Country: France (13255)">
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was returning to Paris-Le Bourget following a cartographic mission. After sunset, while flying at low height, the aircraft hit a tree and crashed in a field in Châtillon-sur-Colmont. All four occupants, two photographs and two pilots, among them Robert Leriche, were killed. The accident occurred in May (the exact date remains unclear).

Crash of an Airspeed AS.65 Consul in Tatsfield: 2 killed

Date & Time: Apr 29, 1947 at 1955 LT
Type of aircraft: Airspeed AS.65 Consul (30180)">
Operator: Milburn Air (32972)">
Registration:
G-AIOZ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Paris - Croydon
MSN:
4335
YOM:
1946
Location: Tatsfield (26842)"> Surrey (16183)">
Country: United Kingdom (13252)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
While approaching Croydon Airport on a flight from Paris-Le Bourget, the twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in a field located in Tatsfield, about 7 miles southeast of Croydon. The aircraft was destroyed and both occupants were killed, among them R. A. Milburn, pilot, co-owner and founder of this company.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth in Coffey Lake

Date & Time: Apr 27, 1947
Registration:
CF-DJL
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
FM.37
Location: Coffey Lake (18787)"> Alberta (13559)">
Country: Canada (13435)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While on a flight from Yellowknife, the pilot was forced to attempt an emergency landing following an engine failure. The aircraft crash landed near Coffey Lake and was written off. All three occupants were rescued.
Causes:
Engine failure.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I near Port Moresby

Date & Time: Apr 24, 1947
Type of aircraft: Avro 652 Anson (30171)">
Operator: Guinea Air Traders (32957)">
Registration:
VH-AVQ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Lae – Port Moresby
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While descending to Port Moresby Airport, the twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances 20 miles east of the city. Both crewmen were rescued while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Douglas C-47 in the Taymyr Peninsula: 9 killed

Date & Time: Apr 22, 1947 at 2130 LT
Registration:
CCCP-L1204
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Mys Kosistyy – Khatanga
MSN:
9118
YOM:
1943
Location: Volochanka (27704)"> Krasnoyarsk Krai (14983)">
Country: Russia (13292)">
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
28
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
Enroute from Mys Kosistyy to Khatanga, the pilot was forced to attempt an emergency landing in the Taymyr Peninsula after the left engine failed. The aircraft crash landed in the tundra about 180 km northwest of Volochanka. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair but all 33 occupants survived the accident. Four days later, as the rescue teams were unable to locate the wreckage, the captain and eight passengers decided to leave the crash site to search for help. On May 11, 1947, the wreckage was eventually spotted and the rescuers arrived on site to evacuate the remaining 24 occupants. Unfortunately, no trace of the pilot and the eight other passengers was ever found. Officially registered CCCP-L1204 in the Soviet Register, the aircraft still have the 42-32892 registration on tail. The wreckage was recovered in 2016 and transferred to as delivered to the Museum of Northern development in Krasnoyarsk.
Causes:
Failure of the left engine.