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Mystery in the jungle
IN THE jungle near Bruas, the mystery of a wrecked plane [C-47B 43-16261] remains unsolved despite the fact that it has attracted the interest of many people.
First discovered by two rattan collectors early this year, the plane is believed to be an American transport plane which had crashed into the jungle during the Second World War. [No, it was first discovered in 1966.]
Its “jungle grave” is situated on a slope in the forest reserve area of Bukit Bubu, about 600 metres above sea level.
The wreckage is located about 16km from the Bruas main road, 10km of which consists of a steep and winding jungle track.
The last two kilometres have to be covered by foot as the stretch is impossible to be spotted from the air unless the pilot dares to venture dangerously low.
An emblem on the plane bears the wordings “The Air Transport Command, US Army Air Forces”.
Other wordings include the numbers “C-62” [no, “C” above larger “61”] and “316261” printed on the tailplane.
The words “Rayon Airplane 9-00 6 8PIY, BF Goodrich” can be found on one of the tyres.
On a radio receiver found on the plane are these words “Signal Corps, US Army Radio Receiver Bc-454-B, Serial No:412 0 8. Made by Western Electric New York, N.Y.”.
Part of the fuselage is buried but the end portion of the plane was not badly damaged.
The pilots of the plane could have baled out before the crash as no human remains have been found so far.
Officials from Museum Negara and the Military Museum plan to visit the site for investigations.
Perhaps their visit would help solve the mystery
Credit: The Star Date: June 24, 1985

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