Incident de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide NZ556, Thursday 20 February 1941
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Date:Thursday 20 February 1941
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH89 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:Det Flt RNZAF
Registration: NZ556
MSN: 6305
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Lautoka, Viti Levu -   Fiji
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
Destination airport:
c/no.6305: CofA 5169 issued 18.10.35; shipped to Auckland on SS Huntingdon; arrived 9.12.35; delivered Nelson 26.12.35 Regd ZK-AED [CofR 41] 9.12.35 to Cook Strait Airways Ltd, Wellington [although actually based at based Nelson]; named "Venus". Flight tested on 21-22.12.35 and flown to the airline's Nelson base on Boxing Day of that year (26.12.35). Commenced operations on 30.12.35 with an 07:45 departure from Nelson to Rongotai.

Impressed into RNZAF on 15.12.39 for a cost of £20,500 as NZ556. Converted to navigation and bombing trainer and operated by Air Gunners and Observers School at Ohakea. Dismantled and shipped to Fiji on "Kaiwarra" in October 1940, arriving at Lautoka on 6.11.40 to serve with the RNZAF Detached Flight at Nandi.

Written off when torn from pickets during tropical cyclone at Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji, on 20.2.41 and wrecked. Written off books when struck off charge at Fiji, 4.7.43



Revision history:

14-Dec-2011 18:08 Dr. John Smith Added
21-Jan-2012 04:28 Nepa Updated [Operator]
18-Feb-2019 22:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Nov-2023 07:17 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source]
13-Nov-2023 20:21 Ron Averes Updated [Narrative]

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