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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172960
Last updated: 21 June 2019
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Date:07-JAN-1939
Time:
Type:Simmonds Spartan
Owner/operator:EJ Connellan
Registration: VH-UIT
C/n / msn: 3
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Balranald, New South Wales -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Balranald, New South Wales
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Simmonds Spartan [Cirrus III]: C of A 1793 issued 9.1.29 to Simmonds Aircraft Ltd., Hamble, Hampshire. Registered in Australia as G-AUIT [C of R 269] 25.2.29 to Robert Bryce & Co Pty Ltd, Essendon, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Hit hedge on take-off and crashed at Essendon 20.9.29.Re-registered as VH-UIT in 8.30 to same owner. C of A renewed after repairs 5.5.31. Sold 27.11.31 [but not re-registered] to RE Hodges, Pyramid Hill, Victoria. Registration cancelled 11.12.31. Registration restored 22.2.32 to same party. Registration lapsed 12.5.35. One source gives VH-UIT as being operated b y the Mildura Flying School, Mildura, Victoria, in 1935

Sold 6.35 to W.W. Newton, Irymple, Victoria. Sold 8.35 and registered 14.9.35 to Ken Steele, Melbourne. Re-registered [6.36] to (his mother) Mrs E Steele, South Yarra, Victoria. Sold 8.12.37 & registered 4.6.38 to Edward J Connellan, Melbourne.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed following engine failure on take-off Balranald, NSW 7.1.39; pilot EJ Connellan injured. Registration cancelled 12.10.39 [on sale] but not repaired.

NOTE: Some reference sources claim that this aircraft was registered in New Zealand as ZK-AAP in February 1929. However that may due to confusion between this aircraft and c/no.8, which genuinely was ZK-AAP between 09.02.1929 and 26.04.1929. Note that ZK-AAP(c/no.8) aircraft was never delivered (it crashed in France on its delivery flight)

Sources:

1. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austu/VH-UIT.html
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20171102180034/http://www.baaa-acro.com:80/1939/archives/crash-of-a-simmonds-spartan-in-australia-2/
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_VH-U.html
4. http://wight.hampshireairfields.co.uk/sim.html
5. https://museumsvictoria.com.au/collections/items/773858/negative-mildura-victoria-circa-1935


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Jan-2015 16:41 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Jan-2015 16:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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