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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65222
Last updated: 6 November 2019
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Date:19-FEB-1936
Time:c. 3:10pm
Type:Miles M.3B Falcon Six
Owner/operator:Union Airways (NZ)
Registration: ZK-AEI
C/n / msn: 247
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rongotai Aerodrome, Wellington -   New Zealand
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Hamilton
Destination airport:Rongotai, Wellington
Narrative:
The southerly wind was gusting to 30 knots and the visibility was down to 100 metres in rain. The aircraft was landing from the north and struck the anemometer mast, cutting off the starboard wing near the fuselage. The Miles Falcon crashed upside down and was completely wrecked.

Pilot Malcolm "Mac" McGregor died from severe head injuries two hours later and his passenger Charles William Feilden "Bill" Hamilton was dazed, but uninjured.

Squadron-Leader M.C. McGregor DFC was one of the best known NZ pilots of the time, with a notable flying record in both peace and war.
R.I.P.

Sources:

1. King, John (1995). Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. pp. 145-147. ISBN 1 86934 042 6.
2. Johnston, J.W. (1985). Union Airways: A Short History. Christchurch: Aviation Society of New Zealand.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-May-2009 20:12 XLerate Added
09-Aug-2009 01:30 angels one five Updated
19-Oct-2009 01:20 JINX Updated
22-May-2010 14:38 angels one five Updated [Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Feb-2011 14:55 TB Updated [Operator, Destination airport]
07-May-2011 06:59 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Dec-2011 15:04 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]

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