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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27177
Last updated: 7 December 2019
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Date:29-AUG-1938
Time:c. 8:40 LT
Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Owner/operator:North Queensland Airways
Registration: VH-UXK
C/n / msn: 6053
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mundoo, near Innisfail, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Townsville, Queensland (TSV/YBTL)
Destination airport:Innisfail, Queensland (YIFL)
Narrative:
First registered (C of R 4732) 24.11.33 as G-ACMC to De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd., Stag Lane, Edgware, Middlesex, (aircraft based at Hatfield, Hertfordshire). C of A 4096 issued early in 1934. Sold on and re-registered to Jersey Airways Ltd., Heston Aerdrome, Heston, Middlesex. Sold on and re-registered (C of R 6666) on 23.1.36 to Airwork Ltd., Hounslow, Middlesex (aircraft remained based at Heston Aerodrome, Heston, Middlesex). Registration G-ACMC cancelled by the Air Ministry 2.8.36 as sold.

To Australia and re-registered (C of R 607) on 1.10.36 as VH-UXK for North Queensland Airways Pty Ltd of Cairns, and named after that city.

Crashed 29.8.39 at Mundoo, near Innisfail, Queensland. Pilot B. H. Goodson and 4 passengers killed, 4 passengers survived. Aircraft had departed Cairns at 5.45 am on scheduled service to Townsville via a landing at Ingham to drop off 1 passenger. Departed Townsville just after 8 am with full load of 8 passengers, for Cairns with scheduled stop at Innisfail. Weather was fine but aircraft stalled in circuit for landing Innisfail.

Investigation stated the aircraft was correctly loaded, 180 lb below Max All Up Weight, had flown 4,680 hours of which 3,620 hrs were in Australia over previous 23 months. Pilot B.H. Goodson had been with the airline only 3 days and had gained his Dragon endorsement flying a service to Townsville return not fully loaded and without landings en-route. B.H. Goodson had 2,000 hours experience and had been an instructor with Rockhampton Aero Club, later CFI (Chief Flying Instructor) of Kingsford Smith Aviation Services, Sydney, but had never flown a DH.84 Dragon. He allowed the aircraft to stall during a discontinued approach because of a tractor on the runway.

During December 1938, North Queensland Airways has been purchased by Airlines of Australia. The crash of VH-UXK was the final straw for Tom H. McDonald of Cairns, Managing Director of North Queensland Airways, having had a succession of fatal accidents. North Queensland Airways was sold to Airlines of Australia, and McDonald concentrated on his jewelry store in Cairns. Airlines of Australia sent Ian H. Grabowsky to Cairns as interim manager to take over North Queensland Airways assets and routes.

Airlines of Australia immediately introduced the Stinson A Trimotor on the Brisbane-Cairns route, and based an additional DH.89 Rapide (VH-UUO) along with ex-North Queensland Airways VH-UZY and brought DH.84s VH-URE and VH-URG to be based at Cairns.

On 14.12.39, at the Inquest in Cairns, Coroner R. Allen criticised the CAB practice of approving pilot endorsements based on acceptance of advice from pilots that they had completed the requisite flying hours and landings under training in the aircraft type for which he requires his licence to be endorsed.

On 20.2.39: Change of ownership (of wreck) to Airlines of Australia Ltd, Sydney, NSW, presumably for recovery of spares. Finally, on 15.11.39, struck-off Register

Sources:

1. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austu/VH-UXK.html
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_VH-U1.html
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p060.html
4. http://planecrashinfo.com/1938/1938-40.htm
5. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ACMC.pdf
6. http://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/77-register-gb-g-ac.
7. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1938/archives/crash-of-a-de-havilland-dh-84-dragon-in-australia-5-killed/]


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
30-Dec-2011 05:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Apr-2014 18:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-May-2014 01:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
16-Sep-2016 10:16 TB Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
02-Oct-2017 22:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source]
02-Oct-2017 22:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location]
02-Oct-2017 22:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Nature]
19-Dec-2017 22:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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