Incident de Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth ZK-ABB,
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Date:Tuesday 2 January 1934
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth
Owner/operator:Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club
Registration: ZK-ABB
MSN: 1217
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Waimārama Beach, Hawke's Bay -   New Zealand
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Waimārama Beach, Hawke's Bay
Destination airport:Hastings Aerodrome, Hastings, Hawke's Bay (NZHS)
c/no 1217; to High Commissioner for Dominion of New Zealand with C of A 2334 issued 10.12.29. Registered ZK-ABB 9.12.29 [or 1.10.30] to Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club, Hastings; Government Gift aircraft.

Substantially damaged in a takeoff accident 2.1.34 at Waimārama Beach, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. While taking off from the beach, the wheels touched the surf and the aircraft flipped over. As reported in a contemporary local newspaper (Hawke's Bay Tribune, 3 January 1934, Page 6 - see link #1)

Accident at Waimarama
Minor damage to the Hawke’s Bay and East Coast Aero Club’s Moth machine was caused by a mishap on Waimarama beach yesterday. The aeroplane was piloted by Mr E. A. Barker, a member of the club, and was carrying a boy as a passenger.

As it was about to take off near the old wool-shed at the southern end of the beach, one of the wheels was caught by a wave, and the braking effect of the water caused the machine to tip over onto its back. Mr Barker and his passenger climbed out, unhurt, and the boy went up a few minutes later with Flight-Lieutenant Gerrand, who had arrived at the beach in the club’s Desoutter machine a little while previously.

The wings of the overturned aeroplane were slightly bent, several struts were broken, and the benzine tank, which is on the top of the upper wing, was severely crumpled. Flight-Lieutenant Gerrand states that the machine will be ready for use again in three or four days, and that no new constructional work will be necessary.

As a result of the recent storms, a good deal of shingle had been washed up on the beach, and the slope of the beach had been considerably steepened. In trying to avoid the shingle, Mr Barker had to manoeuvre the machine as close as possible to the water, and was caught by a sudden and unexpected wave. The aeroplane, after its wings had been taken off, was brought back by motor-lorry to Hastings for repair. There was a large number of people on the beach, but at the other end from where the mishap occurred. They were considerably alarmed and excited, and rushed along to see what had happened. There was fortunately nothing to justify their fear that anyone had been hurt, and they soon drifted off again to their swimming and games".

A rebuild of the aircraft took six months and the aircraft returned to service in June 1934.


1. Hawke's Bay Tribune, 3 January 1934, Page 6:
2. AHSNZ, 1987, Journal, Vol 30 No 3.

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
20 March 1930 ZK-ABB Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club 0 Dannevirke, Hawke's Bay sub
4 January 1932 ZK-ABB Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club 0 Taupo, Waikato sub
25 May 1937 ZK-ABB Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club 0 Hastings, Hawke's Bay sub


Revision history:

15-Nov-2023 05:14 Ron Averes Added
29-Nov-2023 20:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total occupants, Location, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
29-Nov-2023 20:28 harro Updated [Total occupants, Other fatalities]
03-Dec-2023 07:44 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
26-Jan-2024 18:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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