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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 64510
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Date:04-JUN-1949
Time:day
Type:Percival Proctor Mk 2
Owner/operator:Otago Aero Club
Registration: ZK-AHQ
MSN: H.216
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Invercargill -   New Zealand
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Invercargill
Destination airport:Gore
Narrative:
Ernle Clark had kept his connection with the Percival company alive during the war, and re-established himself as the company’s NZ agent on leaving his military service.

His first post-war import was Proctor c/n H.216 imported in late 1946. This had been built to military contracts by F Hills & Son as a Proctor 2 and carried the serial BV654. It passed into the hands of Percival Aircraft Ltd., Luton and was registered to them as G-AHVL on 14 June1946. Strangely, it was then said to be a Proctor 1, and was fitted with three seats.

It would seem likely that Percival’s were renovating ex-military Proctors and, after removing the heavy military equipment, converting them to four-seat configuration. Whether they installed also dual control equipment into the Proctor 2 and 3 aircraft appears unknown.

The British registration was cancelled as sold abroad on 15 Oct 1946, but it may already have departed before that date as it became ZK-AHQ as a Proctor 2 with L E Clark, Christchurch in September 1946.

In the immediate post-war era, NZ aero clubs were short of cabin aircraft. Although members could gain their training on Tiger Moths, there were only few available surviving pre-war examples of enclosed light aircraft suitable for club operation.

Thus the Proctor was seen as a desirable aircraft to fill the gap. The Otago Aero Club bought ZK-AHQ from Clark and placed it on-line for their member’s use, and over the next couple of years it visited many of the southern airfields.

On 5 June 1949 ZK-AHQ, flown by Neale Sutherland with passengers Gwendoline Sutherland (his wife), D W Farquharson and R E Mansfield, orbited the Invercargill airfield at low level before departing for Gore. While performing a steep turn at ‘a little over 100ft’ the aircraft nosed down and crashed, killing all on board.

Sources:

1. http://archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewEntity.do?code=7333
2. https://www.key.aero/comment/1714984#comment-1714984
3. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac2/NZAM/ZK-AHQ.html
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_ZK-.html
5. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AHVL.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
09-Jul-2009 09:59 angels one five Updated
23-Dec-2011 22:24 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Damage, Narrative]
05-Mar-2012 04:01 MDS Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Narrative]
13-Jan-2014 11:11 TB Updated [Other fatalities, Narrative]
16-Dec-2019 23:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
16-Dec-2019 23:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]

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