ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 26090
Last updated: 24 April 2014
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Date:29-JAN-1947
Time:
Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Owner/operator:Mandated Airlines Ltd
Registration: VH-AOS
C/n / msn: DHA2006
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mount Kerigomna -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: En route
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Lae, New Guinea (LAY/AYNZ)
Destination airport:Kerowagi, New Guinea
Narrative:
Ex-A34-17: delivered to RAAF 05/11/42. Struck off charge 24/01/46 when sold for 400, and became VH-AOS.

Written off 29/01/47 when crashed at Mount Kerigomna New Guinea; struck ridge in cloud, totally wrecked. Mandated Air Lines Pilot Douglas G. Tapsall killed. Posted missing while on a cargo flight from Lae to Kerowagi, with no passengers aboard.

Large aerial search for missing aircraft instituted by RAAF Catalinas based at Port Moresby. It was not until 01/02/47 that the wreckage was located by crew of Mandated Air Lines DH.84 VH-ARJ. VH-AOS had struck the mountain at 10,500 feet elevation. On 04/02/47, a ground party reached the crash site and brought out the pilot's body

Sources:
1. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/pAus01.html
2. http://www.adf-serials.com/2a34.shtml
3. http://www.baaa-acro.com/Compagnies%20M/Mandated%20Airlines.htm
4. http://www.pprune.org/dg-p-reporting-points/384700-merged-apng-twin-otter-missing-10.html [post #195]
5. http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/dh84-pt2/dh84-dragon-pt2.htm
6. http://www.baaa-acro.com/1947/archives/crash-of-a-de-havilland-dh-84-dragon-in-papua-new-guinea-1-killed/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
30-Dec-2011 23:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Apr-2014 22:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
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