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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15830
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Date:06-SEP-1952
Time:day
Type:de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:Commercial Air Services, Johannesburg
Registration: ZS-BCI
MSN: 6510
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Welkom Airfield, Flamingo Lake, Welkom, Orange Free State -   South Africa
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Welkom Airfield, Orange Free State (WEL/FAWM)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
C/no. 6510: Taken on charge as X7337 under Contract No B.104592/40 at 18 MU RAF Dumfries 24.3.41. (2 x Gipsy Queen III engines#70027/70028) To 47 MU RAF Sealand 3.5.41, for packing and crating to be shipped overseas. Shipped to South Africa on the s.s "Lycason" 7.6.41. To SAAF as "1356" at 9 Aircraft Depot. To 2 Air School 28.8.41. To 62 Air School 5.9.41. High altitude performance tests 25.9.41. To 24 Group Comm Flight 15.9.44. To 61 Squadron, SAAF December 1944 to January 1946. To 15 Aircraft Depot for storage/disposal. To 28 Squadron SAAF 18.3.46; returned to 15 Aircraft Depot by/on 30.6.46.

Sold 5.7.46 to Coppen & Kotze (for 1,350). [Struck off charge by the RAF 26.9.46 as sold locally]. Registered as ZS-BCI 2.9.46. Regd 2.11.46 to South West Air Transport, Windhoek, Namibia. Damaged 12.11.46 when Port engine started up suddenly on ground & port wing struck hangar at Windhoek, Namibia. Operator renamed South West African Airways Ltd. Registered to Resident Motors Ltd. Re-registered 1952 to Anglo-Transvaal Consolidated Investments Co Ltd, Germiston; operated by Africair Ltd.

Written off when Destroyed by fire on start up at Welkom Airfield, Flamingo Lake, Welkom, Orange Free State, South Africa 6.9.52; whilst being operated by Commercial Air Services, Johannesburg. Pilot Captain J.D.W. Human escaped uninjured.

Sources:

1. https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/dh89.pdf
2. http://www.dehavilland.co.za/DH89_Dragon_Rapide.html
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p065.html
4. FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BOLD: AN AFRICAN AVIATION ODYSSEY (page 365) By Capt Donald L. Van Dyke, FRAeS
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welkom#Air


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Mar-2008 23:02 Nepa Added
15-Mar-2008 03:11 Nepa Updated
22-Mar-2008 08:52 JINX Updated
04-Feb-2012 09:10 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
14-Sep-2014 13:28 Koumes Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Sep-2014 13:28 Koumes Updated [Narrative]
24-Feb-2019 22:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Country, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Feb-2019 22:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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