Accident de Havilland DH.85 Leopard Moth G-ACLX, Thursday 23 August 1934
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Date:Thursday 23 August 1934
Type:de Havilland DH.85 Leopard Moth
Owner/operator:David Dear (nominee for J.J. van der Leeuw)
Registration: G-ACLX
MSN: 7036
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Mporoto Mountains near Tukuyu, Tanganyika -   Tanzania
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Mpika, Muchinga Province, Zambia
Destination airport:Dodoma Airport, Dodoma (DOD/HTDO)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
First registered (C of R 4727) 22.11.33 as G-ACLX to B. Rubin, Heston Aerodrome, Heston, Middlesex. Re-registered (C of R 5096) on 24.5.34 to David Dear, London W.1 (aircraft remained based at Heston, Middlesex). Although the Dutch pilot J.J. van der Leeuw became the owner in May 1934, the aircraft remained registered in the name of its previous English owner, as a nominee, so that it could also maintain its UK registration. Van der Leeuw received his pilot’s license in 1933.

In June 1934 he was invited by The New Education Fellowship in South Africa to hold a lecture during their Johannesburg conference. Especially for this purpose Van der Leeuw bought a De Havilland Leopard Moth (G-ACLX). During his return flight from this conference, on 23.8.34, while overflying Tanzania, the aircraft hit tree tops and crashed into flames in a wooded area located on the Mporoto mountains, near Tukuyu. The pilot J.J. van der Leeuw was killed. He was performing the return trip from South Africa (Cape Town) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). His demise received a lot of attention by both the national and international press.

Registration G-ACLX cancelled 2.9.34 due to "destruction of permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft".


1. De Telegraaf 28-08-1934

Revision history:

29-May-2012 12:29 harro Added
26-Sep-2012 01:38 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
17-Mar-2013 20:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
31-Oct-2017 20:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
31-Oct-2017 21:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
18-Dec-2017 20:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
25-Jul-2020 18:19 Cobar Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
16-Oct-2020 16:39 Sergey L. Updated [Source]
04-Oct-2022 20:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Category]
04-Oct-2022 20:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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