Accident Ryan B-1 Brougham G-AUNZ,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48533
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Date:Tuesday 10 January 1928
Type:Ryan B-1 Brougham
Registration: G-AUNZ
MSN: 47
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Tasman Sea -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Sydney, Australia
Destination airport:Wellington, New Zealand
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
On 10 January 1928, two World War One pilots, Captain George Hood and Lieutenant John Moncrieff, were attempting to make the very first flight between Australia and New Zealand, a journey of 1,450 miles across the Tasman sea.

They took off from Richmond, Sydney, at 0514 NZ time on 10/1/28 bound for Trentham racecourse, a few miles north of Wellington. The flight was estimated to take about 14 hours.

At 1215 a Wireless Telegraphy signal was received from the Ryan indicating that all was well. At this point they would have been about halfway across the Tasman Sea. No further messages were heard and the plane failed to arrive in New Zealand. Its fate remains a mystery to this day.

The governments of both Australia and New Zealand disapproved of the flight, considering it to be too risky, but neither government had the power to prevent it.


1. Bowling, Kerri. Aviator's family plot restored. Wairarapa Times-Age. 2009-04-17. (archived at

Revision history:

27-Nov-2008 11:13 angels one five Added
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17-Apr-2009 02:08 XLerate Updated
16-May-2010 01:55 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Jan-2011 11:24 harro Updated [Source]
28-Dec-2011 01:41 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
04-Nov-2013 19:58 angels one five Updated [Cn, Narrative]
08-Apr-2014 17:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-May-2014 10:11 angels one five Updated [Time]
26-Sep-2019 05:18 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
04-Feb-2022 07:40 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Damage]
20-Feb-2022 03:30 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
08-Jun-2022 23:15 Ron Averes Updated [Country]
08-Dec-2023 09:34 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Damage, Narrative]

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