ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 26203
Last updated: 21 October 2014
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Date:08-FEB-1931
Time:~1315 L/T
Type:Desoutter II
Owner/operator:Dominion Air Lines
Registration: ZK-ACA
C/n / msn: D.36
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Clyde, near Wairoa -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Gisborne
Destination airport:Hastings
Narrative:
The plane left Gisborne for Hastings at 12:45 pm.

The pilot was asked to drop a mailbag of telegrams at Wairoa as disruption to the roads in the area due to the recent Napier earthquake prevented the mail from being speedily delivered any other way.

The drop was carried out successfully, but as the Desoutter pulled up to climb away it stalled and dived onto the side of a road.

The aircraft was completely wrecked and rescuers had great difficulty in removing the occupants.
Two of the persons on board were found to be dead and the third expired within minutes of being extricated from the wreckage.

Pilot Flt-Lt Ivan Louis Kight, a former Air Force officer and a barrister in civilian life, and his passengers Mr Walter Findlay and Mr W.C. Strand. R.I.P.



Sources:
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=EP19310209.2.38&cl=CL2.1931.02.09&e=-------10--1----0--
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sooty/wairoaaeroplanecrash1931.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
13-Nov-2008 02:41 angels one five Updated
11-Jun-2009 01:14 angels one five Updated
27-Dec-2011 02:56 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Dec-2011 03:07 angels one five Updated [Cn]
17-Aug-2014 23:13 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]
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