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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65204
Last updated: 5 October 2019
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Type:Vickers Vincent I
Owner/operator:2 SFTS RNZAF
Registration: NZ326
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Foxton -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On 9 January 1941 the Vincent I NZ326 of 2 SFTS RNZAF was flying against orders at a low altitude along the Manawatu River in an easterly direction at 1415 hrs when it struck high tension power lines across the river about 300 yards west of the 1098 metres long Whirokino bridge, near Foxton, New Zealand, lost a wing, tipped up and nose-dived into the river.

One of the occupants, LAC Kennard James Haase, was drowned, but the other, LAC Cecil William Holmes, believed to have been in the rear cockpit, was saved by the prompt action of a carpenter, Mr Maurice Parsons, who was working on a new building on the riverbank nearby. According to a report published in the "Hawera. Evening Post" the next day, Holmes was siffering of cuts to face, abrasions, and possible internal injuries.

This aircraft came from RAF stocks (his RAF serial was K4718) and was assembled by RNZAF at No. 1 Aircraft Depot and BOC Hobsonville on 6 December 1939. It then served with 2 SFTS RNZAF, Woodbourne, from 25 January 1940 to the date of its loss.


Revision history:

27-May-2009 00:53 angels one five Added
29-May-2009 23:17 XLerate Updated
07-Oct-2009 16:55 angels one five Updated
21-Jan-2012 04:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2013 00:12 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
20-Oct-2015 17:42 Jixn Updated [Operator]
09-Jan-2016 18:10 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Total occupants, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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