TAA publicity photo of its new DC-4. TAA would operate it until it crashed on approach to Brisbane on May 24, 1961 while on a freight flight. The captain had a heart attack and collapsed over the controls as he tried to exit his seat.
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.