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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48442
 
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Date:14-JAN-1950
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH89 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
De Havilland DH-89B Dominie
Owner/operator:NZ National Airways Corporation
Registration: ZK-ALC
MSN: 6664
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rotorua Aerodrome, Rotorua -   New Zealand
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Rotorua, NZ (ROT/NZRO)
Destination airport:Hamilton Airport (Rukuhia), NZ (HLZ/NZHN)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
Taken on charge by the RAF as HG665 against Contract No.6/Acft/2580/C20a at 76 MU 11.10.43. Shipped to Auckland, New Zealand on s.s 'Port Alma' 17.10.43; arrived 26.11.43. To RNZAF as NZ529 and taken on charge at Hobsonville. To 42 Squadron, Rongotai. Struck off charge when sold 30.4.46.

Registered ZK-ALC 30.8.46 to New Zealand National Airways Corporation, Wellington and named ' Tiora '

On 14.1.50, whilst it was being started up at Rotorua for the return to Rukuhia the port engine backfired and grass underneath the aircraft caught fire. The pilot and his four passengers evacuated the aircraft safely, but action by the ground crew was unable to prevent the aircraft (and the passengers luggage...) from being destroyed by fire.

Sources:

1. http://www.adf-serials.com.au/nz-serials/nzdh89b.htm
2. https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/dh89.pdf
3. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac2/NZAM/ZK-ALC.html
4. http://rnzaf.proboards.com/thread/12612?page=1
5. https://natlib.govt.nz/records/30660707?search%5Bi%5D%5Bsubject%5D=DH.89+%28Transport+plane%29&search%5Bpath%5D=items
6. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/ground-fire-de-havilland-dh89b-dominie-inn-rotorua
7. http://rnzaf.proboards.com/thread/26070/oh-bugger-happened
8. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p066.html


Images:

Photo of ZK-ALC courtesy AirHistory.net


Omaka (NZOM)
April 1947; (c) AirHistory.net Photo Archive

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Nov-2008 01:04 angels one five Added
30-Dec-2011 10:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Mar-2014 19:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Mar-2014 19:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
23-May-2018 19:10 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
21-Feb-2019 17:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
02-Oct-2021 12:34 Ron Averes Updated [Operator]
22-Jan-2022 09:11 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Location]

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