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Date:24-JUL-1954
Time:day
Type:de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:Maluti Air Services, Johannesburg
Registration: ZS-BEA
MSN: 6626
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Leribe, Basutoland -   Lesotho
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Ficksburg Sentraoes Airport Ficksburg (FCB/FAFB)
Destination airport:Tlokoeng Airport, Tlokoeng (TKO/FXTK)
Narrative:
C/no. 6626 Taken on charge as X7509 against Contract No B.104592/40 at 9 MU RAF Cosford 30.4.42. To 47 MU RAF Sealand 24.5.42 for packing for shipment. Shipped ex Glasgow 18.8.42 on the s.s."Empire Might" to Cape Town; arrived Cape Town 16.9.42. To SAAF as "1358". To 9 Aircraft Depot [later in 9.42]. To 62 Air School 15.10.42. To A Flight, 11 OTU 15.9.44. To 61 Squadron, SAAF December 1944 to January 1946. To 15 Aircraft Depot and offered for sale 12.4.46. [Struck off charge by RAF 26.9.46 as sold locally].

Sold 5.7.46 to Aircraft Operating Co (for 2,250). Registered as ZS-BEA 10.8.46. Registered in 1953 to Orange Free State Air Services (Pty) Ltd, Bloemfontein. Re-registered in July 1954 to Trans Oranje Air Services (Pty) Ltd, Zastron, Orange Free State; operated by Maluti Air Services, Johannesburg.

Crashed Leribe, Basutoland, Lesotho 24.7.54 en route Ficksburg-Tlokoeng in Mokhotlong District, Lesotho; no casualties reported. Registration cancelled 24.7.54.

However, also reported by other sources (see link #3) as in operation by South West Air Transport (Pty) Ltd when starboard engine caught fire on start-up and aircraft destroyed by fire at Otjimarongo, South West Africa 22.2.55

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/p066.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Feb-2019 23:19 Dr. John Smith Added
09-Mar-2019 21:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Country, Narrative]

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