VH-ANG. Douglas DC-4-1009. c/n 42918-14.

Was also registered as: VH-BPD and VH-EBM.


 

Built new for Western Airlines

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as NC10203 - April 1946

Delivered to Western Airlines - April 10, 1946

Sold to Australian National Airways - July 09, 1947

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANG - August 26, 1947

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Aircraft was named 'Palana' (star)

Sold to British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines - April 22, 1948

Reregistered as VH-BPD - April 22, 1948

Registered to British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines Ltd

Aircraft was renamed 'Discovery'

Handed over to B.C.P.A. on completion of the last A.N.A. crewed service

Route: Vancouver - San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Sydney

Sold to Qantas Empire Airways - May 06, 1949

Reregistered VH-EBM - May 09, 1949

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

Aircraft was renamed 'Philippine Trader'

Operated inaugural Sydney - Darwin - Labuan - Hong Kong service as EM202 - June 26, 1949

Crew: Captain J. M. Hampshire

Badly damaged at Hong Kong - September 16, 1949

Chartered by T.E.A.L. to operate first Melbourne - Christchurch (Harwood) - Melbourne service - June 29, 1951

Aircraft was under the command of Captain D. F. McMaster

Sold to Zantop Air Transport Inc, Detroit - October 16, 1959

Departed Sydney on ferry flight to Burbank, California (Captain Christensen) - October 16, 1959

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 05, 1959

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N600Z - November 1959

Sold to Trans Mediterranean Airways, Beirut - April 1962

Entered onto the Lebanese Aircraft Register as OD-AEC - ?

Crashed into the sea off Brindisi, Italy shortly after take-off - July 09, 1962

Was operating Flight 104 Beirut - London - Frankfurt - Brindisi - Beirut

All six people on board were killed

Cause of accident attributed to the loss of power in No. 1 and 2 engines, resulting in loss of altitude

Crew fatigue was a possible contibuting factor in this accident

For more information regarding this accident please click 'HERE'

 


 

 

VH-ANG. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - in the all-metal livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport.

VH-BPD. British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

 

VH-EBM. Qantas Empire Airways - the crew of the inaugural flight to Hong Kong, June 26, 1949.

VH-EBM. Qantas Empire Airways - accident at Hong Kong Airport, September 16, 1949.

VH-EBM. Qantas Empire Airways - in the original livery at unknown airport, November 1949.

VH-EBM. Qantas Empire Airways - undergoing a major overhaul at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-EBM. Qantas Empire Airways - undergoing an engine change at Sydney Airport, circa 1950.

VH-EBM. Qantas - in the revised livery, location and date unknown.
VH-EBM. Qantas - in the revised livery, location and date unknown.
VH-EBM. Qantas - landing accident at Sydney Airport, November 1951.
VH-EBM. Qantas - landing accident at Sydney Airport, November 1951.