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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27099
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Time:19:00 local
Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro 652A Anson 1
Owner/operator:MacRobertson Miller Airlines
Registration: VH-MMG
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hawkstone Peak, King Leopold Range, near Derby, WA -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Tableland Cattle Station
Destination airport:Derby, WA
Ex-RAF Anson Mk.1 W2164. To RAAF and issued to 1 AD 6.6.41. Retained RAF serial throughout its RAF service. To 4 SFTS "91" 31.8.41. Fitted with turret 19.12.41. Overshot at night and swung into W2096 1.10.42. Forced landing after engine failure, Georgina SLG, WA, 15.11.42. Forced landing with undercarriage retracted, 12 miles south of Geraldton, WA, 28.10.43. Loaned to ANA 11.9.44. To 4 SFTS 14.5.45. To 87 OBU 2.8.45.

Struck off charge when sold 19.8.46. Civil registered (C of R No 1096) as VH-AYN, issued 1.11.46 to MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co Ltd, Perth, WA. Named "RMA De Gray". Re-registered VH-MMG 30.4.49. Transferred 1.10.55 to Commercial Aviation Pty Ltd, (same address) Perth, WA.

Written off (destroyed) when crashed 4.2.56 at Hawkstone Peak, King Leopold Range, near Derby, WA. All five on board killed. Per report from one of the relatives of those killed:

"This was a Mercy flight to transport a very sick child to the Derby Hospital; aircraft encountered severe electrical storms that were described as "the worst seen around here" and crashed basically on correct directional track. The wreckage was not discovered for about 3 weeks, despite the largest air search in Australian history (at that time), due to local flooding and generally poor weather conditions."

The five fatalities were pilot, Captain Pieter van Emmerick, two nurses (Nursing Sisters Frances Day and Helen Newman), the child patient, and the child's father.


1. Family member of one of the casualties on the flight. Data is from personal investigations by myself and other family and friends over the years.

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
10-Jul-2010 08:23 Bruto 57 Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Apr-2013 07:49 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Source]
24-Mar-2014 21:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Mar-2014 22:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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