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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 76193
Last updated: 23 April 2021
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Type:Miles M.14 Hawk Trainer III
Owner/operator:Auckland Aero Club
Registration: ZK-AEX
MSN: 331
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1nm NE of Claris Aerodrome, Great Barrier Island -   New Zealand
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Great Barrier Island Aerodrome (GBZ/NZGB)
Destination airport:
First registered [C of R 7636] on 15.2.37 as G-AETJ to Philips & Powis Aircraft Ltd., Woodley Aerodrome, Woodley, Reading, Berkshire. C of A 5987 issued February 1937. UK registration G-AETJ cancelled 7.4.37 upon sale overseas (to New Zealand).

Reregistered in New Zealand as ZK-AEX on 2.9.37 to the Auckland Aero Club. (One of four Miles M.14 Hawk Trainer IIIs were imported into New Zealand before the outbreak of WW II (ZK-AEX to ZK-AFA)).

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 17.3.39; ZK-AEX crashed near the boundary of the aerodrome on Great Barrier Island, one nautical mile (1.9 km) northeast of Claris on Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf off the North Island.

The pilot, E.M.Walker, was seriously injured and his passenger Bill Claris, an engineer with the Public Works Dept, was killed. Mr Claris was involved in the construction of the new aerodrome on the island, and following a request from the Great Barrier Island County Council the airfield was named Claris Aerodrome in memory of Mr Claris.


1. Wings Over New Zealand forum.

Revision history:

09-Aug-2010 18:23 angels one five Added
07-Jun-2013 23:42 angels one five Updated [Registration, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
01-Nov-2013 09:03 Kevben Updated [Phase]
04-Nov-2013 20:24 angels one five Updated [Time, Destination airport, Narrative]
02-Feb-2018 00:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Feb-2018 00:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
10-May-2018 06:20 angels one five Updated [Location, Narrative]
18-May-2018 23:57 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Sep-2019 05:53 angels one five Updated [Time, Narrative]

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