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North Maluku

Crash of a Casa NC-212-MP Aviocar 200 in Pitu

Date & Time: Nov 27, 2016 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
U-623
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing at Pitu-Leo Wattimena Airport, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and veered off runway to the right. The left main landing gear was sheared off and the right wing broke at the root. All 14 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Ground explosion of a Douglas C-47B-35-DK in Pitu: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 12, 1945 at 0900 LT
Operator:
Registration:
A65-107
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
16554/33302
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Six technicians were attempting to start engines after a 60 hourly maintenance. The aircraft was not refueled after arriving some 36 hours previously on a flight to collect supplies. It had been standing out in the open in heat for some 16 hours with a possible built up of fuel fumes from leaky tanks or lines. The aircraft suffered an explosion from an electrical short, within the fuselage, causing a fire that consumed the aircraft. All six crew were injured and one of them died from his injuries few hours later. The aircraft was destroyed by fire.
Crew:
Cpl S. M. Williams,
LAC W. J. Wythes,
C. H. Cruickshank,
S. B. Wetzler,
McLoughlin,
Brown.
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Probable cause:
Electrical short-circuit and fuel fumes caused an explosion.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-20-DK off Pitu: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jun 12, 1945
Operator:
Registration:
42-93230
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
13119
YOM:
1944
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
Crashed into the sea off Pitu, killing all four crew members.
Crew:
Pfc Roland L. De Cordova,
Sgt Donald D. Dyvig,
1st Lt Gilbert Kaufman,
1st Lt Clarence W. Million.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina into the Kao Bay: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jul 24, 1944
Operator:
Registration:
08137
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
173
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a bombing mission over the Northern Halmaheras Islands (North Maluku). While approaching the target by night, the seaplane crashed in unknown circumstances into the Kao Bay. All five crew members were killed.
Crew:
Lt R. W. Ball,
Lt Robert Federico,
Ens Robert H. Hicks 2.

Crash of a Consolidated B-24A Liberator off Ju Island

Date & Time: May 5, 1942
Operator:
Registration:
40-2376
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
8
YOM:
1940
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed into a lagoon off Ju Island while on a flight to Darwin. En route, fuel exhaustion forced the crew to ditch the aircraft. No casualties.
Probable cause:
Fuel exhaustion.