Accident de Havilland DH.80A Puss Moth ZS-ACC, Tuesday 5 May 1931
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Date:Tuesday 5 May 1931
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH80 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.80A Puss Moth
Owner/operator:Glenn L Bateman
Registration: ZS-ACC
MSN: 2058
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:ca 27 km N of Van Reenen, Natal -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Johannesburg
Destination airport:Pietermartizburg
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Sold To Aeros Pty Ltd, South Africa with CofA 2713 issued 30.8.30. Regd ZS-ACC 23.10.30 to Glen L Bateman, Baragwanath. Crashed 5.5.31...

Lt-Commander Glen Kidston and Captain Thomas Anthony Gladstone were on a route pioneering tour of the country. It was on the first leg of the trip between Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg at a height of 300 metres that their Puss Moth flew into a gale and thick clouds of dust near the Tandtjiesberg Mountain and Nelson's Kop, at Mauba, about 27 km north of van Reenen. Children playing in the area saw a large part of the aircraft, possibly a wing break loose, as it flew over the hills and it nose-dived into the ground amongst rocks and thick bush on the farm Uitvlucht belonging to Mr C.D. de Jager.

Inspection of the crash site confirmed that a wing had indeed broken free and had landed some 183m from the main wreckage.

A sandstone memorial was erected to the specifications of the parents of Lt-Commander Kidston near to the crash site and stands 2.7m tall and has a stainless steel dome reflector. It stands in the exact centre of the outline of a light aircraft laid out in sandstone and the wingspan measures 31m by 31m tip to tail. The memorial is east of Harrismith and 15km from the hamlet of Swinburne on the Kiesbeen Road.


1. Fields of Air by James Byrom

Revision history:

18-May-2008 01:43 Topaz Added
07-Jun-2008 11:42 Topaz Updated
24-Feb-2013 07:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
14-Feb-2019 01:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
17-Oct-2023 05:08 Ron Averes Updated
13-Nov-2023 17:08 TB Updated [Location]

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