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Last updated: 29 September 2020
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Time:c. 11:00 loc
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Registration: ZK-BAR
C/n / msn: 1123
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Ashburton, Mid Canterbury -   New Zealand
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:NZAS
Destination airport:NZAS
The Tiger Moth crashed on farmland while a local flight, minutes after taking off from Ashburton airport.

It is reported by witnesses to have spiralled and dived into the ground. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and the resulting fire and John Copland, its owner and his passenger Bill Datlen both died. RIP.

Registered in NZ on 4-11-2004 as ZK-BAR to John Copland using the c/n of 1123. This apparently is not its true c/n but probably a corruption of 445/T.123 which was applied to A17-401 which is thought to be the original identity of this aircraft when it was constructed for the Royal Australian Air Force.

Its history is a bit obscure but VH-AKF is linked to this airframe from March 1947 until a crash at Sale, Victoria on 6-1-1950. Then from 8-10-1958 VH-AHB appeared, built from many parts including VH-AKF. VH-AHB crashed at Kerang in Victoria on 10-10-1964 and seems to have disappeared for forty years to pop up as ZK-BAR.

Sadly it crashed and was burnt out not long after take off from Ashburton on 2-12-2006 claiming the life of its owner and his passenger.

Cancellation effective from 16-04-2009.


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Revision history:

17-Jan-2009 06:39 angels one five Added
22-May-2009 02:28 XLerate Updated
07-Dec-2009 11:08 Anon. Updated
02-Jun-2012 14:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Phase, Source, Narrative]

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