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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 28016
Last updated: 24 September 2019
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Time:early aftern
Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Owner/operator:Air Travel (NZ) Limited
Registration: ZK-AHT
C/n / msn: 6090
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mount Hope, South Island -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nelson
Destination airport:Hokitika
ZK-AHT was flying low over the Hope Saddle when it was caught by a violent updraft, stalled, and dived into the forest. Two passengers, Captain J.C (Bert) Mercer, founder of Air Travel (NZ) Ltd, and M. Dawe, were killed and the remaining five persons on board were all injured.
ZK-AHT was ex-RNZAF NZ 551.


1. NZ Serials, various other sources.
2. Civil Air Accident File 27/4/87, Archives New Zealand
3. King, John (1995). Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. pp. 160-161. ISBN 1 86934 042 6.

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
07-Nov-2008 10:14 angels one five Updated
30-May-2009 00:56 XLerate Updated
27-Jan-2014 07:09 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]

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