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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27120
Last updated: 22 January 2020
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Date:07-MAY-1937
Time:day
Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Owner/operator:North Queensland Airways
Registration: VH-UZG
C/n / msn: 6027
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 miles North of Cairns, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cairns, Queensland (YCBS)
Destination airport:Cooktown, Queensland
Narrative:
The DH.84 Dragon VH-UZG was ex G-ACFG and was sold to North Queensland Airways Pty Ltd in February 1937. It had an interesting history, and the following excerpt is from the February 25, 1937 issue of Flight International magazine:

"The fact that G-ACFG has just been sold to an Australian company, we believe may not be very interesting news. This, however, of all Dragons, has had a more than usually eventful career - though Dragons, as the first large machines to pay their unsubsidized way, are always eventful. This particular D.H.84 was built in 1933, finished fifth in the King's Cup race of that year (pilot Hubert Broad) and was bought by an Italian count, with whom, apparently, she travelled to Vienna, Belgrade, Bucharest and Constantinople.

In 1934 she was purchased by Mr. George Nicholson to operate his Northern Airways' service between Newcastle and the Isle of Man. When Northern and Scottish Airways was formed by him in November of that year, G-ACFG came over from Renfrew to start the services, and was used for the inaugural Skye and Hebridean flight. Her log-book shows some 130,000 miles. Let us hope that she flies another 130,000 miles in Australia."

Unfortunately this never happened: on 7 May 1937 the Dragon crashed 2 miles north of Cairns. North Queensland Airways pilot John Wawn received severe injuries, and 3 passengers injured. Crashed on edge of aerodrome on takeoff for Cooktown. Nose-dived into the ground shortly after clearing the aerodrome boundary fence and aircraft wrecked.

North Queensland Airways ground engineer Jack Atkinson later wrote: "Another aircraft acquired was a DH84 Dragon which was bought in Scotland and transported to Cairns in crates. After assembly and under the registration of VH-UZG she did only one trip on a regular run and was then written off in a crash on the Cairns aerodrome".

Sources:

1. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ACFG.pdf
2. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austu/VH-UZG.html
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p060.html
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_VH-U1.html
5. http://macrobertson-air-race.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=73&Itemid=11
6. http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/dh84-pt1/dh84-dragon-pt1.htm
7. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1937/archives/crash-of-a-de-havilland-dh-84-dragon-in-cairns/]
8. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/77-register-gb-g-ac


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
29-Dec-2011 14:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
06-Apr-2014 19:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Oct-2017 21:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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