Registration / Serial:VH-TAA
Aircraft Original Type:Douglas DC-4
Aircraft Generic Type:Douglas DC-4 (C-54/R5D/Skymaster)
Aircraft Version:Douglas DC-4-1009
Operator / Titles:Trans-Australia Airlines - TAA
C/n (msn):43065
Aircraft Name:Watkin Tench
City / Airport:Melbourne - Essendon (YMEN / MEB)Map
Region / Country:Victoria, Australia
Photo Date:1 January 1960 to 24 May 1961
Photo from:Ben Dannecker (via David Carter)
Photo ID:127254
View count: 22
TAA bought VH-TAA as a new production DC-4. Delivered in 1946. Switched to cargo operations in 1960 (it was built with C-54-style double doors). Crashed on approach to Brisbane airport on May 24, 1961. Captain had a cardiac arrest and collapsed over the throttles as he tried to vacate his seat. The throttles closed and the copilot could not get to them. -TAA descended into a mangrove swamp and the cockpit was destroyed when it collided with a tree. Neither pilot survived.
Registration / Serial:VH-TAA
Aircraft Version:Douglas DC-4-1009
Operator / Titles:Trans-Australia Airlines - TAA
C/n (msn):43065
City / Airport:Melbourne - Essendon (YMEN / MEB)
Photo Date:1 January 1960 to 24 May 1961
Photo from:Ben Dannecker (via David Carter)