Incident De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth ZK-BCZ,
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Date:Saturday 4 January 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:Wanganui Gliding Club
Registration: ZK-BCZ
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Wanganui Airport, Whanganui -   New Zealand
Phase: Take off
Nature:Banner and glider towing
Departure airport:Whanganui Airport, Whanganui, New Zealand (WAG/NZWU)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth MSN DHNZ.155 Toc as NZ1475 at Unit 39 Rongotai, Wellington 21.12.43. To RNZAF Taieri (1945) for storage pending disposal

Sold (as Free Issue) 21.7.53 to New Zealand Civil Aviation Administration from RNZAF Taieri, but not Struck Off Charge until 23.10.56. (The last airworthy Tiger Moth to be struck off RNZAF charge).

NZ civil registered as ZK-BCZ 21.7.53 to Dept of Civil Aviation, Wellington; used for trials for various modifications. NZ CofA issued 4.6.54. Re-registered 27.2.57 to J M, F M & R W Anson, Marton. Re-registered 22.12.61 to Whanganui Gliding Club.

Substantially damaged when crashed on take-off Whanganui Airport, approximately 4 km from the centre of Whanganui, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand 4.1.64; pilot M B Aldridge

Registration ZK-BCZ cancelled 4.2.64 as "Withdrawn From Use". Rebuilt in the late 1960s (c.1968-72) and re-registered (with c/n DHNZ.115R - in error for DHNZ155, later corrected) 27.4.72 to I C “Bill” Dittmar, Featherston. Appeared in the film "Solo" (1978) which was filmed in February and March 1977 in the Tokoroa area, flown by owner Bill Dittmar. Stored Masterton (1998). Currently registered and airworthy.


6. The Aircraft-Spotter's Film and Television Companion pp.178-179 By Simon D. Beck
7. 1978 Film 'Solo' featuring ZK-BCZ:

Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
22-Dec-2021 16:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Category]
23-Jan-2022 07:14 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
26-Jan-2022 04:42 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]

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