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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139867
Last updated: 23 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22
Owner/operator:Aviation Services (South Australia) Ltd
Registration: VH-UET
C/n / msn: C1/0126
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Whylla, South Australia -   Australia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Whylla, South Australia
Destination airport:Parafield, South Australia (YPPF)
Ex-RAF Chipmunk T.10 WB678 (delivered 29 June 1950), this aircraft was struck off charge 25 June 1956 at 20 MU RAF Aston Down. It was sold - and shipped - to Australia later in 1956 being registered in September of that year as VH-BWA to the Royal Aero Club of South Australia. This Chipmunk has the distinction of being wrecked in crashes at least twice in its lifetime.

Firstly, on 26 May 1960 the engine lost power on taking off from a private strip three miles north of Padthaway, South Australia on a flight to Parafield, and VH-BWA sustained substantial damage on impact at Naracoort, South Australia.

VH-UET was rebuilt from the wreck of the former Royal Aero Club of South Australia VH-BWA along with the wings and components from other Chipmunks. The paint scheme was cream, grey and red trim.

It was added to the Register in September 1962, only to crash at Whyalla, South Australia on 6 October 1962. A student pilot, following a series of circuits and bumps decided (illegally) to give his brother a ride and suffered an engine failure at a height of about 150 ft. In attempting to turn back to the runway the aircraft crashed in thick brush.

Fortunately neither pilot nor passenger were seriously hurt, but VH-UET was a complete write off. It was officially stricken from the register on 27 November 1962. The wreck was returned to Parafield and ended up in an Adelaide scrap metal dealer's yard.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WB999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p.20)

Revision history:

13-Nov-2011 09:20 Dr. John Smith Added
29-Mar-2014 00:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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