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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30676
Last updated: 30 July 2020
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Date:21-DEC-1942
Time:c. 1015 l/t
Type:de Havilland DH.90A Dragonfly
Owner/operator:Air Travel (NZ) Ltd
Registration: ZK-AGP
C/n / msn: 7566
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tasman Sea, about 4 miles off Westport -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Westport
Destination airport:Nelson
Narrative:
Not long after take off from Westport and at about 4,000 feet, the starboard propeller separated from the crankshaft and disappeared. The pilot turned back and headed for Westport, but even with full throttle on the port engine the Dragonfly could not maintain height and had to ditch in the sea off Westport.
The pilot was rescued but his 4 passengers all drowned.
The missing propeller was found washed up on the shore the following March. Examination of it showed that the attachment bolts may not have been tightened correctly and had become loose.

Sources:

1. Plaque proposed for 1942 air disaster. New Zealand Herald. 31 August 2005
2. King, John (1995). Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. pp. 203-204. ISBN 1 86934 042 6.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
07-Nov-2008 22:12 angels one five Updated
17-Jun-2009 01:08 XLerate Updated
21-Mar-2010 13:49 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Source, Narrative]
29-Jun-2010 20:13 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-Jul-2020 06:18 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]

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