Accident de Havilland DH.61 Giant Moth CF-OAK, Saturday 23 May 1936
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Date:Saturday 23 May 1936
Type:de Havilland DH.61 Giant Moth
Owner/operator:Ontario Provincial Government Air Service
Registration: CF-OAK
MSN: DHC.141
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Gander Lake, NL -   Canada
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Gander Lake, Ontario
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The first Ontario Provincial Air Service de Havilland D.H. 61 Giant Moth (G-CAPG) arrived from England in July 1928. The second was purchased in 1932. Pilot Hec Ptolemy was put in charge of the Giant Moth and was given the title of Pilot in Charge of D.H. 61 Operations.

The usefulness of the plane was demonstrated to Lands and Forests Minister William Finlayson on an extended trip from Temagami to Rupert House, across James Bay to Albany Post, then to Red Lake and Woman Lake. The Giant Moth was tried out as a forest pest dusting airplane but the large wingspan and high undercarriage made it too difficult to manoeuvre at the necessary low flying levels. Problems with the Bristol Jupiter engine led to its replacement with a 500 H.P. geared Pratt and Whitney Hornet.

The second DH.61 for Ontario Provincial Government Air Service was first registered as CF-OAK on 14.06.32 (C of R 1145). It was a re-build, using parts from G-CARD (c/no. 336). Written off when hit rock on landing at Gander Lake, Newfoundland, 23.5.35 and sank into the lake.



Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
18-Apr-2014 22:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
18-Sep-2022 05:23 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]

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