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Accident description
Last updated: 10 October 2015
Date:Friday 23 February 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3F (C-47B-45-DK)
Operator:Southern Air Super
Registration: ZK-AOI
C/n / msn: 34226/16966
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:24261
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Seddon (   New Zealand)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Blenheim-Woodbourne Airport (BHE/NZWB), New Zealand
Destination airport:Blenheim-Woodbourne Airport (BHE/NZWB), New Zealand
The DC-3 crashed into a hillside after the in-flight separation of the right wing.

ASSIGNED CAUSE: "The accident was caused by in-flight separation of the starboard wing due to a loss of structural strength brought about by extensive fatigue cracks in the lower centre wing wraparound and internal doublers inboard of Sta. 142, initiation and propagation to failure of the RH wing cracks being due to consistent overstress."

Wing failure
Loss of control

» Aircraft Accident Report No. 73-032 Douglas DC-3 ZK-AOI Seddon, Marlborough 23 February 1973


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