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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 156724
Last updated: 19 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C140 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 140
Owner/operator:Commercial Air Services (Natal)
Registration: ZS-BFH
MSN: 10695
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cato Ridge, Camperdown, 49 km WNW Durban -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Destination airport:Stamford Hill Airfield, Durban, South Africa
Tragedy struck on 1 January 1952 when sisters Marie "Cookie" Mills and Lorraine Mills were killed when a Cessna 140, flown by Cookie, crashed in mist at Cato Ridge while on the way back to Durban. The aircraft had been hired that morning by Cookie, a keen pilot, so that the girls could visit their sister Joan in Pietermaritzburg for New Year's Day lunch. The board of inquiry found that the aircraft had crashed due to the mist, but that the pilot should have turned back.


1. Fortune Favours the Bold By Capt. Donald L. Van Dyke, FRAeS

Revision history:

19-Jun-2013 07:30 Uli Elch Added
19-Jun-2013 07:42 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Location, Narrative]
19-Jun-2013 07:46 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Cn, Location, Narrative]
29-Mar-2015 17:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Mar-2015 17:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport]

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