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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 168325
Last updated: 11 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:Ritchie Air Services
Registration: ZK-BFM
C/n / msn: 86232
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Centre Island in Foveaux Strait -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Te Anau, New Zealand
Destination airport:
"Ex-RAF Tiger Moth NL763. Civilianised as G-AHUB 6 June 1946. UK registry cancelled 17 February 1954 as ""sold in New Zealand"". Became ZK-BFM.

In 1960 Ian Ritchie formed Ritchie Air Services which, based in Gore, offered an air transport service as well as operating the first training school for agricultural (topdressing) pilots in New Zealand. Operations started with de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth, ZK-BFM, and later in 1960 Cessna 180 ZK-BQJ was added to the fleet.

On 27 October 1962, whilst operating an air taxi service from Te Aanu, the Tiger Moth was destroyed in an accident at Centre Island in Foveaux Strait; pilot R M Ritchie was slightly injured."


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