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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 74146
Last updated: 14 January 2022
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Date:01-OCT-1948
Time:
Type:Auster J/5G Cirrus Autocar
Owner/operator:Gibbes Sepik Airways
Registration: VH-KSD
MSN: 2892
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tadji, near Aitape, Sandaun Province -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: Landing
Nature:SU
Departure airport:Wewak, Port Morseby (AYWK)
Destination airport:Tadji (TAJ)
Narrative:
In December 1947: Bobby and Jean Gibbes bought their first Auster J5 VH-KSD to transport supplies to their trade stores in Papua New Guinea. By January 1948, Gibbes Sepik Airlines was established with this - and later up to ten - Austers

Substantially damaged when crashed on landing at Tadji, Papua New Guinea, 1 October 1948. Aircraft dismantled and bits used in other aircraft. Wreckage sold to Guinea Air Traders, where rebuilt and civil registered in New Zealand as ZK-AXJ.

Sources:

1. Balus - Vol 1
2. http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=2780
3. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?101423-When-Is-An-Auster-Not-Just-An-Auster
4. http://www.casa.gov.au/wcmswr/_assets/main/fsa/1998/mar/37-45.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Apr-2010 23:42 Petro Added
13-May-2014 19:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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