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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25653
Last updated: 21 July 2019
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Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Owner/operator:Mandated Airlines Ltd
Registration: VH-ARI
C/n / msn: DHA2028
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Wewak, Port Morsesby -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Wewak, Port Morseby (AYWK)
Destination airport:
To RAAF as A34-39: Delivered 04/01/43. Sold 12/02/46 for 150 and became VH-ARI.

On 31/08/46, crashed Wewak shortly after takeoff and destroyed by fire. MAL Captain Richard Burt minor injuries, 5 passengers unhurt. Dirk Burt is quoted in the book Balus The Aeroplane in Papua New Guinea about this accident:

"I drained both fuel tanks for water prior to take-off, but apparently there was still water in one. I had 5 passengers on board. I took off without trouble, but the instant we were off the starboard engine began misfiring, and it lost power fast. Because of the country I commenced a left turn, into the live engine, to try to reach the beach, but I couldn't make it. I put her down on a bit of a clearing in a sacsac swamp. The starboard wing bit a coconut palm and we slewed right around. I banged my head somewhere and got a cut scalp. The passengers were alright though. She burst into flames - was a write-off."

DCA accident investigation by Arthur Affleck found water in fuel tanks. The daily Certificate of Safety had not been signed since Lae the previous day and had expired. Only logged 78 hours since CofA issued including ferry flight to NG from Sydney. Total flying time since manufacture 780 hours. On 30.9.46, VH-ARI was Struck-off Register



Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
30-Dec-2011 14:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-Dec-2011 20:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Apr-2014 23:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Apr-2014 23:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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