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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141461
 
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Date:25-AUG-1952
Time:
Type:de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:Katafanga Estates Ltd t/a Fiji Airways
Registration: VQ-FAM
MSN: 6471
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Labasa, Vanua Levu -   Fiji
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Labasa, Vanua Levu, Fiji
Destination airport:
Narrative:
c/no.6471: Taken on charge by RAF as R5934 under Contract 21547/39 at 2 E&WS Yatesbury 6.12.39; renamed 2 Singal School 26.8.40. To DeHavilland Witney for maintenance 26.3.43. To 526 Squadron, Inverness 19.8.43. To 527 Squadron, Digby 3.5.45. To Radio Warfare Establishment, Watton 18.4.46.[Sometime coded MD-X]. To 5 MU RAF Kemble for storage pending disposal 17.12.46.

Sold 25.8.47 to Brooklands Aviation Ltd. Registered G-AKSH (CofR 12169) 31.1.48 to Brooklands Aviation Ltd, Shoreham. CofA 9962 issued 14.5.48. Registered 15.11.51 to W.S. Shackleton Ltd.

Registration cancelled 22.11.51 as sold in Fiji. Delivered ex-W.S.Shackleton to Harold Gatty, Suva, Fiji 30.11.51; arrived Fiji 7.2.52. Registered VQ-FAM 11.2.52 to (Gatty's company) Katafanga Estates Ltd t/a Fiji Airways.

Damaged by fire on start-up at Lambasa, Vanua Levu Island, Fiji 25.8.52; presumed not repaired as CofA lapsed 17.3.55 and aircraft broken up as spares for VQ-FAN

Sources:

http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh89.pdf
http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AKSH.pdf
http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac5/ROW%20Asia/VQ-FAM.html
http://www.dehavilland.ukf.net/_DH%20full%20prodn%20list.txt


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jan-2012 10:40 Dr. John Smith Added
27-Nov-2021 01:43 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Departure airport, Narrative]

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