Incident de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide VP-RCP,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 222788
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Date:Sunday 30 August 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH89 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:Department of Civil Aviation
Registration: VP-RCP
MSN: 6659
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:100 miles from Lundazi, Eastern Province -   Zambia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia
Destination airport:Nyasaland, Malawi
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
C/no. 6659: Taken on charge as HG660 against Contract No.6/Acft/2580/C20a but delivered direct to De Havilland Witney for storage 18.8.43. UK C of A 7034 issued 6.11.43. To R. & J. Park for packing/shipment 10.11.43 and shipped to Southern Rhodesia via Cape Town on the s.s. "Roslin Castle" 20.11.43; arrived 11.12.43. Struck off charge as transferred to SRAF (Southern Rhodesia Air Force)18.12.43.

Civil Registered as VP-YCJ 20.1.44 to Southern Rhodesia Air Services. Re-registered 1.6.46 to Central African Airways. Registration cancelled 2nd Quarter of 1950 (=between 1.4.50 and 30.6.50) as sold to Nyasaland, Malawi. Re-registered as VP-NAK 17.6.50 to Government of Nyasaland, Zomba, Malawi. Registration VP-NAK cancelled 12.51. Re-registered in Northern Rhodesia as VP-RCP 31.1.52 to Dept of Civil Aviation, Northern Rhodesian Government, Lusaka.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed on the Northern Rhodesia/Nyasaland border, 100 miles from Lundazi, Northern Rhodesia 30.8.53; 4 occupants on board (pilot and three passengers) injured.

NOTE: Northern Rhodesia became Zambia, and Nyasaland became Malawi in 1964.



Revision history:

09-Mar-2019 19:02 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Jan-2022 10:51 Ron Averes Updated [Operator]
13-Apr-2022 11:09 Ron Averes Updated [Operator, Location]

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