DC-3 House



‘This DC-3 originally overturned during landing, January 19th 1974, 20 kilometers to the south Chaitén, Chile. The wings of this DC-3 were found weeks later by the Army and Air Service Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel who went looking for the DC – 3, flight T 212, but they never found the fuselage.’

So starts a story which could belong to this airplane house. A DC-3 (actually a C-47 skytrain) fuselage turned into a house complete with chimney. ‘The DC-3 had six crew on board and a civilian, a boy aged 10, Raul de Villar Andreuzzi, he was the son of a battalion commander and pilot of this DC-3 named Juan Raul de Villar Arrieta. In spite of passed time, 24 years later, the young boy has fresh memories of the accident. He was on a trip/vacation to Montt Port and at that time, the Air Force was in charge of supplying places in South Chili that were separated from the regional capitals. “The DC-3 was filled with milk jars and food” he said.

The son, now a publicist and age 34, remembered that he often accompanied his father during the food distribution tasks in all the elements and in 10 days, the work was completed in normal fashion without incident. Nevertheless, the day of the accident changed time abruptly in the south of Chile, “It all happened in a ½ hour”. “When the airplane began to fail, my papa piloting the DC-3, tried to follow a track toward a valley located between several hills. He made a forced landing and the ship was almost completely buried in mud and badly burning “.

The registry entry within the logbook of the Air Service Search and Rescue (SAR), about this particular accident, notes that six people were on board, all military, and were seated on the DC-3 in a way to keep the airplane trimmed. There were no victims. (…) “In the mind of a boy aged 10, you imagine that anything can happen, especially when not fully understanding what is going on”. “My papa explained to me that, even with the complications of the situation, everything was under control.”

The publicist indicated that his father radioed to give an alert/mayday in order to give exact coordinates where the accident happened, so that the authorities could activate a search. ” This happened about 4.00pm in the afternoon and ‘customs officers?’ were sent and started looking for us in a jeep about 9.00pm that night (6 hours later). The geography in that area is quite complicated and we had crashed in a valley between hills, filled with vegetation and two meters (over 8 feet) in height and, we had extreme and drastic bad weather.

Raul never returned to the scene of the accident, but later found out through a friend, that an airplane fuselage had been turned into a house by a group of peasants with a chimney on top of it near the place of the original C-47 crash of 1974. ” Twelve years after this happened, a friend of mine traveled to the south and found an aircraft fuselage turned into a house. It occurred to me that this ‘could’ be the same airplane that I was involved with the accident. It seemed that the fuselage was moved quite a distance aways from the original crash site and, (maybe) for that reason the military, (…) consisting of 14 inexperienced soldiers, a week later, the only found the wings.”‘

DC-3 House (1974)

Douglas DC-3, C-47 skytrain (Dakota), production from March 1943 until August 1945.

Chaitén, Chile


http://www.douglasdc3.com/dc3house/dc3house.htm (complete story and more pictures)




If the wings are still there, they could make wonderfull desks out of it: https://www.superuse.org/story.php?title=Wing-desk-made-DC3

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