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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 26098
Last updated: 14 December 2019
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Date:29-OCT-1955
Time:
Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Owner/operator:Madang Air Charters
Registration: VH-AOE
C/n / msn: DHA2058
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Madang Harbour, off Madang, Madang Province -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Madang, Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:
Narrative:
This was to be the last DH-84 Dragon lost to an accident in Papua New Guinea. Originally built for the RAAF as A34-69, and delivered 8 April 1943. Sold 13 December 1945 for 300 and became VH-AOE.

Crashed Madang Harbour, off Madang, PNG 29 October 1955. Pilot Dave Robertson ditched following engine failure after takeoff at Madang on a charter flight with two European passengers and a load of building timber. Aircraft turned upside down on ditching, pilot punched a hole in a perspex window of the cabin.

Pilot was scratched by jagged perspex but no other injuries. He and the two passengers climbed on to a wing and were quickly picked up by boats. Investigation found cause was water in the fuel.

On 8 November 1955 the intact Dragon was recovered from where it crashed, upside down in the waters of the harbour. Salvaged by a large boat alongside lifting it with slings, but the airframe collapsed and it was wrecked. Not rebuilt.

It was not until 25 July 1957 that VH-AOE was belatedly struck-off Register as Withdrawn from Service; which may indicate that the remains were broken up for spares use

Sources:

1. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1961/1961
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20150202210455/http://ansetthistory.info/page2.htm
3. http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/dh84-pt2/dh84-dragon-pt2.htm
4. http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/.au/2a34.htm
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/pAus01.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
01-May-2010 23:14 Petro Updated [Source, Narrative]
01-Jan-2012 11:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Apr-2014 22:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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