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Last updated: 24 October 2021
Date:Monday 24 September 1945
Time:ca 09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-5-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Royal New Zealand Air Force - RNZAF
Registration: NZ3526
MSN: 26007/14562
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:between Vanuatu and New Zealand (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Espiritu Santo-Palikulo Field, Vanuatu
Destination airport:Whenuapai Air Base (NZWP), New Zealand
A Douglas C-47B transport plane, operated by the Royal New Zealand Air Force, went missing over sea between New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) and New Zealand.
There were 16 passengers and four crew men on board.
The airplane departed Espiritu Santo-Palikulo Field, Vanuatu about 05:30 for a flight to Whenuapai Air Base, New Zealand.
Last radio contact was about 09:06. A search was carried out but no trace was ever found.

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Espiritu Santo-Palikulo Field to Whenuapai Air Base as the crow flies is 2468 km (1542 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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