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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 74149
Last updated: 3 March 2020
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Date:03-OCT-1949
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:Qantas
Registration: VH-UZD
C/n / msn: 4040
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tapini -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Port Moresby, PNG
Destination airport:Tapini, PNG
Narrative:
Registered G-ACBZ [C of R 4068] 24.1.33 to John C Sword and operated by Midland & Scottish Air Ferries Ltd, Renfrew. CofA 3735 issued 2.2.33 (and dd 8.2.33) . Company ceased trading 30.9.34 and aircraft "sold to dealer in the South". C of A lapsed 9.3.35. Registration cancelled 26.2.36 as sold abroad.

Bought 2.2.37 and registered VH-UZD [C of R 631] 1.4.37 to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Archerfield. Hit trees on take-off Helen Springs 30.6.42; repaired.

Hit post when taxying at Creswell Downs 21.10.45; repaired. Hit fence in a crosswind take-off at Burketown, Queensland 10.1.48; repaired. Transferred to Lae, New Guinea 1.3.49

Written off 3.10.1949 in a Landing accident, undercarriage ripped out and aircraft slid into creek and was destroyed, pilot survived. Only damage was the undercarriage; Pilot had recently been operating DC 3's (recent experience on DH 83 negligible) encountered Katabatic wind on late approach. Due to the terrain, aircraft could not be transported to Port Moresby, where Undercarriage (if available) could have been replaced.

Pilot was Len McNeil. Load was 3 passengers and 2 sacks of rice. Aircraft abandoned as inaccessible 17.11.49. Registration cancelled 3.3.50.

Sources:

Balus - Vol 1 Pilot of VH-UZD, photos available.
http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh83.pdf
http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ACBZ.pdf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Fox_Moth
http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austu/VH-UZD.html
http://www.dehavilland.ukf.net/p040.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Apr-2010 23:43 Petro Added
13-Dec-2011 23:37 Anon. Updated [Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Mar-2013 15:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Mar-2013 09:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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