Incident de Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth ZK-ABB, Monday 4 January 1932
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Date:Monday 4 January 1932
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth
Owner/operator:Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club
Registration: ZK-ABB
MSN: 1217
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Taupo, Waikato -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Hastings Aerodrome, Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand (NZHS)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
c/no. 1217 DH.60G Moth [Gipsy I #866] to High Commissioner for Dominion of New Zealand with C of A 2334 issued 10.12.29. Registered as ZK-ABB 9.12.29 [or 1.10.30] to Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club, Hastings; Government Gift aircraft. Substantially damaged in a landing accident 20.3.30 at Dannevirke, Hawke's Bay; Aircraft hit a fence on landing and overturned. Extensive damage but repaired by August 1930 and returned to service

Substantially damaged (for the second time) 4.1.32: An "error of judgment" led to an accident at Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand and a three month rebuild. This incident was the second of four accidents involving ZK-ABB between 20.3.30 and 25.3.37 (see separate entries)

Subsequent history;
Repaired and returned to service by April 1932. Crashed Waimarama Beach, Hawke's Bay 2.1.34. Returned to service after repairs by/in June 1934 (see separate entry). Badly damaged at Hastings 25.5.37 (see separate entry). Registered [C of R 108] [by 9.38] to New Plymouth Aero Club, New Plymouth; rebuilt and C of A renewed 1.4.38. Impressed into military service as NZ504 11.10.39 and operated by 2 EFTS until withdrawn from use when crashed at New Plymouth 19.4.41 (see separate entry)


1. AHSNZ, 1987, Journal, Vol 30 No 3.

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

20 March 1930 ZK-ABB Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club 0 Dannevirke, Hawke's Bay sub
2 January 1934 ZK-ABB Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club 0 Waimārama Beach, Hawke's Bay sub
25 May 1937 ZK-ABB Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club 0 Hastings, Hawke's Bay sub


Revision history:

15-Nov-2023 05:09 Ron Averes Added
13-Jan-2024 10:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category]

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