ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 71738
Last updated: 21 September 2014
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Narrative: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.
|Type:||de Havilland Australia DHA-3 Drover 1|
|Owner/operator:||Australian Dept.of Civil Aviation|
|C/n / msn:|| 5001|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Bismarck Sea, 90 miles from Manus Island -
Papua New Guinea
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Wewak, Port Morseby (AYWK)|
|Destination airport:||Momote, Los Negros Island (MAS/AYMO)|
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
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||Dr. John Smith
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