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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139882
Last updated: 29 November 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:Royal Aero Club of South Australia
Registration: VH-WRW
C/n / msn: C1/0373
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:18 miles S of Narloo, Western Australia -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Ex-RAF Chipmunk T.10 WG314. Struck off charge 29/06/1953 at 394 MU Heany, Southern Rhodesia, and sold to Australia. First registered as VH-WRW on 29/10/1953.

This particular Chipmunk is known to have crashed seriously at least twice in its life. It was substantially damaged in a forced landing on the soft surface of Lake Ballard, near Kalgoorlie, Western Australia on 16 October 1959. It was owned at time by the Royal Aero Cub of Western Australia, and at the time was being flown in a women pilots' air trial

VH-WRW ended up in a children's school yard in Rockingham, Western Australia after another forced landing on 8 November 1964, this time some 18 miles south of Narloo following a throttle failure. Fortunately neither pilot nor passenger were seriously injured although they had to hike three miles out to the nearest road.

The remains of VH-WRW (the fuselage) survived as a children's plaything at the School in Rockingham, Western Australia until at least September 1971


Revision history:

13-Nov-2011 15:51 Dr. John Smith Added

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