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Last updated: 21 January 2022
Datum:woensdag 27 mei 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic B170 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol 170 Freighter 31M
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Royal New Zealand Air Force - RNZAF
Registratie: NZ5908
Constructienummer: 13061
Bouwjaar: 1952
Motoren: 2 Bristol Hercules 734
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 1
Totaal:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 5
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:11 km (6.9 mijl) SSE of Blenheim-Woodbourne Airport (BHE) (   Nieuw-Zeeland)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Blenheim-Woodbourne Airport (BHE/NZWB), Nieuw-Zeeland
Vliegveld van aankomst:Whenuapai Air Base (NZWP), Nieuw-Zeeland
Bristol 170 NZ5908 operated served with RNZAF 41 Sqn. On May 27, 1953 it operated on the regular transport supply run from Whenuapai Air Base to Ohakea-Royal AFB (OHA), Blenheim-Woodbourne (BHE) and Wigram Air Base.
Group Captain R. Webb who was the commanding officer at Whenuapai also boarded the flight. He was not a qualified pilot on the Bristol 170 transport plane. On the return leg from Blenheim to Whenuapai he was at the controls in the left hand seat. The captain of the flight occupied the right hand seat and the navigator thus also had to move to a different position on the flight deck. The flight took off at 08:53 on an instrument departure to the east and soon entered clouds. Instead of continuing on runway heading until over Cook Strait, the airplane soon turned right towards high ground. The navigation instrument were not tuned into the correct beacon (Blenheim NDB). Six minutes after takeoff the airplane collided with Taylors Pass.

» Ralph Simpson
» King, John (1995). Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. pp. 77-78. ISBN 1 86934 042 6
» Ministry of Defence Accident File 25/2/2634


photo of Bristol-170-Freighter-31M-NZ5908
accident date: 27-05-1953
type: Bristol 170 Freighter 31M
registration: NZ5908

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Blenheim-Woodbourne Airport en Whenuapai Air Base bedraagt 529 km (330 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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