ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 71738
Last updated: 20 December 2014
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Type:de Havilland Australia DHA-3 Drover 1
Owner/operator:Australian Dept.of Civil Aviation
Registration: VH-DHA
C/n / msn: 5001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bismarck Sea, 90 miles from Manus Island -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: En route
Nature:Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Wewak, Port Morseby (AYWK)
Destination airport:Momote, Los Negros Island (MAS/AYMO)
On 16 April 1952, ditched in sea 100 miles from Wewak, New Guinea. During an over-water flight from Wewak to Momote, Manus Island, the port propeller sheared off in flight and penetrated the cockpit. DCA pilot Clarrie R. Hibbert's foot was severely injured and passenger DCA inspector Tom Drury took over the controls for a controlled ditching.

The Drover sank soon after ditching. The three occupants, who had escaped in an emergency dingy were picked up next morning (10 hours after the crash) by Qantas Catalina VH-EBD, which landed alongside them at sea.

VH-DHA was struck off Register by the DCA on 5 June 1952


Revision history:

21-Jan-2010 11:45 TB50 Added
26-Oct-2012 10:42 TB Updated [Other fatalities]
26-Oct-2012 11:15 TB Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
22-Nov-2012 03:14 harro Updated [Location]
21-Apr-2014 14:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
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