Accident De Havilland DH-60G Gipsy Moth G-EBZY, 21 May 1930
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Time:c. 4:25 pm
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
De Havilland DH-60G Gipsy Moth
Owner/operator:Bryant House Airways
Registration: G-EBZY
MSN: 806
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Te Awamutu, Waikato -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Te Awamutu Racecourse
Destination airport:Te Awamutu Racecourse
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
DH.60G [Gipsy I] registered G-EBZY [C of R 1707] 28.7.28 to Peter W. Hoare, Stag Lane. C of A 1626 issued 15.10.28. Registration cancelled 15.9.29 as sold. Sold to Nathaniel S Chalmers, [a Fijian barrister] and shipped to Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji in September 1929. Crashed into telephone wires on landing Albert Park, Suva after first flight after assembly 3.2.30. Shipped to New Zealand 13.2.30 for repairs. Sold 7.3.30 to Bryant House Airways, Te Rapa; registration ZK-ABV allocated

Crashed whilst joyriding Te Awamutu (as G-EBZY) 21.5.30; The Moth had been carrying out passenger flights from the landing ground situated at the Te Awamutu Racecourse. The plane was seen to enter a spin at a height of about 1,000 feet. The spin was recovered from at about 50 feet and the Moth was still diving when it hit the ground. Both occupants received serious injuries from which they died in hospital.

Another pilot, present that day, said that the altimeter of the accident aircraft was unserviceable. The 24-year old passenger, Alfred Minchin, was hoping to have a career in commercial flying and it was believed that the pilot intended to demonstrate a spin but made an error when, prior to the spin entry, he overestimated his height.

A.W. Minchin died in hospital at 7 o'clock that evening. The pilot, A.W. Saunders died at 10 o'clock on the following day. Captain A.W. Saunders had a notable flying career. Serving in the famed 60 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps on the Western Front he was credited with the destruction of 10 enemy planes and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Following the Great War he had been an airline pilot, including service with Imperial Airways.

Rebuilt 1933 by Air Survey & Transport Ltd and fitted with Gipsy III engine (from DH.80A Puss Moth ZK-ABR - and officially re-designated DH.60GIII); registered to them as ZK-ABV 27.2.33. Registered 10.3.34 to Manawatu Aero Club, Palmerston North.

Crashed near Taihape 11.12.35 after striking HT overhead wires; pilot Flying Officer G.M. Firth; rebuilt July 1936. Crashed on take-off from Rongotai at Miramar Golf Course 3.12.37; R.L. Elliott killed. Registration cancelled 8.2.38



Other occurrences involving this aircraft

3 Feb 1930 G-EBZY N S Chalmers 0 Suva, Viti Levu min
3 Dec 1937 ZK-ABV Manawatu Aero Club 1 Miramar Golf Course, Wellington 1 w/o

Revision history:

26-Dec-2011 17:39 angels one five Added
26-Dec-2011 18:00 angels one five Updated [Location, Narrative]
20-Dec-2012 10:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
24-Jul-2014 04:24 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
29-Aug-2017 17:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
10-May-2019 19:53 Sergey L. Updated [Source]
10-May-2019 20:01 Sergey L. Updated [Source]
23-Jan-2022 04:07 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type]
25-Jan-2022 03:24 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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