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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 154266
Last updated: 16 March 2020
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Date:10-OCT-1941
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH83 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth
Owner/operator:Northern Territory Medical Services
Registration: VH-UZS
C/n / msn: DHA5
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Katherine, Northern Territories -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Ambulance
Departure airport:Katherine, NT (YPTN)
Destination airport:Darwin, NT (YPDN)
Narrative:
First (of two) Australian-built DH.83 Fox Moths. First flown at Mascot 27.10.37. Delivered 11.11.37 and registered VH-UZS [C of R 672] 17.11.37 to Department of Interior, Commonwealth of Australia; operated by the Flying Doctor service, flown by Dr Clyde C. Fenton of Northern Territory Medical Services, Katherine, NT (after he had crashed several of his own Moths on medical evacuation flights.)

Crashed and destroyed by fire on takeoff from Katherine, Northern Territories on 10.10.41. Aircraft was on a Medical flight from Katherine to Darwin with a female patient and a nursing sister. Aircraft suffered engine trouble after takeoff and pilot Roy Edwards attempted a forced landing among trees. Aircraft turned on to its back and crashed to the ground, burst into flames. Pilot and nursing sister survived, but were badly injured; the female patient died.

The Coroner's inquest in Darwin was told that the fuel tank was found intact after the crash and contained water in the fuel. The aircraft was refuelled prior to the flight by aboriginals under the supervision of pilot Roy Edwards. Registration cancelled 10.10.41.

Sources:

1. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh83.pdf
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_VH-U1.html
3. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austu/VH-UZS.html
4. http://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/84-register-australia
5. http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/dh83/dh83.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Mar-2013 17:07 Dr. John Smith Added
09-May-2014 17:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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