Wirestrike Accident Vickers Vincent Mk I NZ326,
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Date:Thursday 9 January 1941
Type:Vickers Vincent Mk I
Owner/operator:2 SFTS RNZAF
Registration: NZ326
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Near Foxton, Manawatu 4 -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RNZAF Woodbourne, Blenheim
Destination airport:
On 9 January 1941 Vincent Mk I NZ326 of 2 SFTS RNZAF was flying, against orders, at a low altitude along the Manawatu River in an easterly direction. At 1415 hrs it struck high tension power lines across the river about 300 yards west of the 1098 metres-long Whirokino bridge, near Foxton, lost a wing, tipped up and nose-dived into the river.

One of the occupants, LAC Kennard James Haase ( 22 ) was drowned, but the other, LAC Cecil William Holmes, believed to have been in the rear cockpit, was saved by the prompt action of a carpenter Mr Maurice Parsons, who was working on a new building on the riverbank nearby. According to a report published in the "Evening Post" the next day, Holmes was suffering from cuts to his face, abrasions, and possible internal injuries.

This aircraft came from RAF stocks ( RAF serial K4718 ) and was assembled by the RNZAF at No. 1 Aircraft Depot and BOC at Hobsonville on 6th of December, 1939. It then served with 2 SFTS RNZAF, Woodbourne from 25 January, 1940 to the date of its loss.



Revision history:

27-May-2009 00:53 angels one five Added
29-May-2009 23:17 XLerate Updated
07-Oct-2009 16:55 angels one five Updated
21-Jan-2012 04:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2013 00:12 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
20-Oct-2015 17:42 Jixn Updated [Operator]
09-Jan-2016 18:10 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Total occupants, Nature, Source, Narrative]
09-Dec-2019 15:52 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Sep-2021 15:27 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
13-Feb-2022 03:50 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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