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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 140391
Last updated: 26 August 2019
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Date:16-AUG-1938
Time:day
Type:de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:KNILM
Registration: PK-AKU
C/n / msn: 6296
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Ketapangdaja, Madura Island -   Indonesia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:Darmo,Surabaya
Destination airport:Masamba,Celebes
Narrative:
c/no.6296: CofA 5050 issued 2.9.35 to Asiatic Petroleum Co; delivered ex Croydon to Rotterdam 31.8.35. Registered PH-AKU [CofR 174] 4.9.35 to Koninklijke NederlandschIndische Luchtvaart Maatschappij [KNILM], for survey work in Dutch New Guinea on behalf of Asiatic Petroleum (Royal Dutch/Shell).

Re-registered in Dutch East Indies as PK-AKU 24.1.36 to KNILM; operated by Nederlandse Nieuw Guinea Petroleum Maatschappij (NNGPM).

On 16.8.38, while on an aerial mapping mission to Celebes, Dutch Indies, PK-AKU suffered from an engine failure. Despite the fact that pilot Fritz and photographer van der Putten threw everything out of the plane that was not absolutely essential for flight, the Rapide kept losing altitude. It forced the pilot to land on a beach near Ketapangdaja. In this landing accident the aircraftís wings broke off, and during later inspection at Surabaja, PK-AKU was declared written off.

Sources:

1. https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/dh89.pdf
2. http://wiki.scramble.nl/index.php/De_Havilland_DH-89_Dragon_Rapide
3. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh89-ketapang
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_PK-.html
5. https://thejavagoldblog.wordpress.com/background-info-book-1/airlines/knilm-the-airline-of-the-dutch-east-indies/knilm-fleet-list/
Het nieuws van den dag voor Nederlandsch-IndiŽ
17-08-1938


Images:

Photo of PK-AKU courtesy AirHistory.net


Not known
; (c) AirHistory Photo Archive

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Dec-2011 04:01 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Oct-2017 19:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
18-Feb-2019 18:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
18-Feb-2019 19:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
16-Apr-2019 09:57 Cobar Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
15-Jul-2019 10:32 Cobar Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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