Incident de Havilland DH.60 Moth (Cirrus I) G-CAIL, Wednesday 6 March 1929
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Date:Wednesday 6 March 1929
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.60 Moth (Cirrus I)
Owner/operator:Commercial Airways of Regina
Registration: G-CAIL
MSN: 273
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:East of Lac la Rouge, Saskatchewan -   Canada
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Lac La Rouge, Saskatchewan
Destination airport:
Prototype DH.60 Moth [Cirrus II] Seaplane. To Kenneth B Walton, USA, fitted with Short-built floats and flown initially without registration but with large titles "DH MOTH". Test flown at Rochester, Kent 15.11.26. C of A 1059 issued 16.11.26 to The De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd and described as "Exhibition Machine".

Shipped to New York on the s.s. "Homeric" accompanied by Sir Alan & Lady Cobham, departing 17.11.26. On arrival, it was fitted with wheels and flown by Sir Alan Cobham from Staten Island, NY, to Washington, DC, to meet President Coolidge.

Kenneth Walton then flew it on to Huff-Daland Airplanes Inc, Bristol, PA for review for a possible licence production. Registration application was made 10.1.27 (the first registration application processed by Dept of Commerce in the USA) and authorisation was issued 13.1.27. Formally registered 26 4.27 to Kenneth B Walton, Haverford, PA [quoting c/no. 6, which was actually the Cirrus II engine number]. Sold 27.9.27 (from Buffalo, NY) to J H Holley, Winnipeg. Registration cancelled 18.11.27.

Registered as G-CAIL [C of R 328] 11.10.27 to J H Holley (of Western Canada Airways), Winnipeg. Registered 4.2.28 to Western Canada Airways Ltd, Winnipeg. Registered 5.3.29 to Commercial Airways Ltd, Regina, Saskatchewan.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 6.3.1929: destroyed by fire whilst parked at a location east of Lac La Rouge, Saskatchewan. No casualties reported - aircraft possibly unoccupied at the time

Lac la Ronge is a glacial lake in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It is the fifth largest lake in the province and is approximately 250 kilometres (160 miles) north of Prince Albert, on the edge of the Canadian Shield. La Ronge, Air Ronge, and the Lac La Ronge First Nation are on the western shore.


1. British Civil Aircraft Registers 1919-1999 by Michael Austin (Air Britain 1999)


Revision history:

29-Jan-2008 06:28 JINX Added
04-May-2013 18:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Jan-2014 19:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Sep-2023 06:53 Dr. John Smith Updated

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