Accident de Havilland DH.61 Giant Moth VH-UQJ, Tuesday 20 August 1935
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Date:Tuesday 20 August 1935
Type:de Havilland DH.61 Giant Moth
Owner/operator:Guinea Airways
Registration: VH-UQJ
MSN: 331
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Wau, Bulolo, Morobe -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Salamaua, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Wau, Bulolo, Morobe Province, New Guinea
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
This aircraft was acquired by West Australian Airways in 1932 from the U.K. where it had been G-AAAN. (First registered in the UK as such 11 February 1930; UK registration cancelled January 1932). Ten of these large single engine transports were built; the cabin could accommodate 8 passengers. WAA used it on their North West Air Mail route segment from Perth to Carnarvon.

VH-UQJ was sold in 1935 to Guinea Airways at Salamaua when WAA lost out on the airmail contract to MacRoberston Miller Aviation. VH-UQJ was badly damaged during a landing at Wau, New Guinea on 20 August 1935, following a gear failure. No victims but aircraft damaged beyond repair.

Registration VH-UQJ cancelled 19 September 1936 as "withdrawn from use" and the aircraft was broken up at Wau, PNG



Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
08-May-2014 02:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
20-Nov-2020 18:27 Sergey L. Updated [Source]
25-Jun-2023 19:40 Ron Averes Updated

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