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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27219
Last updated: 14 June 2020
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Date:18-OCT-1936
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH80 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.80 Puss Moth
Owner/operator:North Queensland Airways
Registration: VH-USV
C/n / msn: 2066
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mount Garnett, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Mount Garnett, Queensland
Destination airport:Cairns, Queensland (YBCS)
Narrative:
To DH Australia in unassembled condition without C of A. This was the first of a batch of some ten DH.80A's supplied to DH Australia, mainly in an unrigged condition, in the summer of 1930 - (see also c/n 2067, 2078/9, 2086/9 and 2094/5). (2086 was apparently shipped complete with a C of A). For certification reasons connected with Puss Moth accidents, they were either not immediately registered in Australia, or in the case of six of them, never registered at all. DH records indicate that at least four were "returned". All had Gipsy III engines fitted and it is assumed that the untraced aircraft were stored and either scrapped or used for spares locally or were returned to the UK.

C/no. 2066 was eventually assembled, with new DH Australia-constructed wings/empennage and Gipsy Major engine and was purchased from DH Australia by T McDonald 5.35. Registered VH-USV 17.7.35 to TH McDonald t/a McDonald Air Services, Cairns (with effect from 1.10.35) (and later t/a North Queensland Airways). Re-registered 1.7.36 to North Queensland Airways Pty Ltd, Cairns.

Crashed on take off Mount Garnett, Queensland 18.10.36. Registration cancelled as lapsed 30.6.37

Sources:

1. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh80.pdf
2. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=84&Itemid=20
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1936/archives/crash-of-a-de-havilland-dh-80-puss-moth-in-australia/]
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_VH-U1.html
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p020.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
23-Feb-2013 14:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
08-May-2014 20:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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