Accident Desoutter Mk II ZK-ACA,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 26203
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Date:Sunday 8 February 1931
Time:c. 13:15 LT
Type:Desoutter Mk II
Owner/operator:Dominion Air Lines
Registration: ZK-ACA
MSN: D.36
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:North Clyde, Wairoa, Hawke's Bay -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Gisborne, New Zealand
Destination airport:Hastings, New Zealand
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
c/no D.36 Desoutter Mk.II: C of A 2749 issued 20.9.30 to Dominion Air Lines Ltd, New Zealand. Registered as ZK-ACA 31.10.30 to Dominion Air Lines Ltd. Dominion Airlines Ltd began a daily service between Gisborne and Hastings. This proved invaluable in keeping the areas ravaged by the Hawke’s Bay earthquake of 3.2.31 in contact with the rest of New Zealand.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 8.2.31: The plane left Gisborne for Hastings at 12:45 pm. The pilot was asked to drop a mailbag of telegrams at Wairoa as disruption to the roads in the area due to the recent Napier earthquake prevented the mail from being speedily delivered in any other way.

The drop was carried out successfully, but as the Desoutter pulled up to climb away it stalled and dived onto the side of a road at North Clyde. The aircraft was completely wrecked and rescuers had great difficulty in removing the occupants. Two of the persons on board were found to be dead and the third expired within minutes of being extricated from the wreckage.

Pilot Flight Lieutenant Ivan Louis Knight, a former Air Force officer and a barrister (lawyer) in civilian life, and his passengers Mr Walter Findlay and Mr W.C. Strand. R.I.P.




Desoutter I 3-view Aero Digest January,1930

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
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27-Dec-2011 02:56 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
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15-Mar-2018 06:30 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
05-Feb-2022 04:48 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]
17-Nov-2022 22:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]
17-Nov-2022 22:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time]

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