Date & Time: Oct 6, 1937 at 1225 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas DC-3
Operator:
Registration:
PH-ALS
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Batavia – Palembang – Singapore – Bangkok – Ruţbah Wells – Cairo – Amsterdam
MSN:
1940
YOM:
1937
Country:
Indonesia
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
1
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Palembang-Talang Airport, while in initial climb, the left engine failed. Crew decided to return for a safe landing but the aircraft hit tree tops, stalled and crashed near the airport. The cockpit was destroyed and separated from the rest of the aircraft, killing three crew. A passenger was killed as well. The aircraft was christened 'Specht'.
Crew:
F.M. Stork, pilot, †
H.J. Groeneveld, copilot,
J. J. Ruben, engineer, †
J. J. Stodieck, radio. †
Probable cause:
Engine failure.