Incident Avro 594 Avian IV VH-UJZ,
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Date:Sunday 21 February 1932
Type:Silhouette image of generic AVIN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro 594 Avian IV
Owner/operator:J.A.Kerr & Flt/Lt C T. P. Ulm
Registration: VH-UJZ
MSN: R3/CN/202
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Geelong Road, near Footscray, VIC -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Essendon, Melbourne (MEB/YMEN)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
c/no R3/CN/202 Avro 594 Avian IV: C of A 1708 issued 29.11.28 to Edgar Percival. Registered G-AUJZ [C of R 252] 24.1.29 to Edgar W Percival, Sydney. Re-registered as VH-UJZ 2.10.29 to Western Aero Club Ltd, Bathurst, NSW. Re-registered 6.6.30 to W.J. Hickey & J.A. Kerr, Sydney, NSW. Re-registered 26.3.31 to J.A. Kerr, Sydney, NSW.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) when hit power lines and crashed at Geelong Road, near Footscray, Brooklyn, Victoria, 21.2.32. Shortly after takeoff from Melbourne-Essendon Airport, the airplane collided with power cables and crashed in Footscray. Both occupants were seriously injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

According to a contemporary local newspaper report ("The Argus" (Melbourne, Victoria) Monday 22 Feb 1932 Page 5):

F/Lt (Aus.7566) Charles Thomas Phillipe ULM and Mr. J. A. KERR, two well-known airmen, were seriously injured when an aeroplane, after striking the main electricity transmission pylons on the Geelong-road, near Footscray, late yesterday afternoon, fell on the roadway. In the picture, which was taken soon after the accident, the high-voltage cable Is seen lying across the fuselage of the wrecked machine".

Registration VH-UJZ cancelled 30.4.32.

(*Footscray is a suburb 5 km west of Melbourne, Australia. Its local government area is the City of Maribyrnong, at approximate co-ordinates: 37.798°S 144.899°E)


1. The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria Monday 22 Feb 1932 Page 5:

Revision history:

02-Jan-2014 11:43 Dr. John Smith Added
03-Jan-2014 02:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Narrative]
03-Jan-2014 02:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Jun-2022 20:44 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
27-May-2023 11:23 Ron Averes Updated [[Location]]

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