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Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:Saturday 3 June 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: FD886
MSN: 9538
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 17
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Oujda (   Morocco)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Oujda-Les Angades Airport (OUD/GMFO), Morocco
Narrative:
Dakota FD886 took off at 06:43 UTC on a routine transport flight from Biakra to Oujda. It crashed into the side of a mountain, killing 16 on board. One passenger survived.
The mountaintop was covered by drifting cloud at the time and the aircraft was climbing steeply when it crashed.
Five minutes before its own signalled ETA the pilot took advantage of a hole in the cloud over which he had been flying for some considerable time, to get below the cloud. Upon breaking cloud the aircraft was seen to circle in a valley. Unaccountably the aircraft was seen to turn to port and climb into cloud away from a road and valley, which was clear, with visibility 4 to 5 miles below cloud.
An Inquiry into the accident found that "the accident was a gross error of judgement by the pilot in flying blind unnecessarily when uncertain of his position, and for the navigator’s poor navigation who did not use all means at his disposal."

Sources:
» RAAF Personnel serving on attachment in Royal Air Force Squadrons and Support Units in World War 2 and Missing with No Known Grave


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Douglas DC-3

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