Accident de Havilland DH.60M Moth ZK-AEP, Tuesday 12 January 1937
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Date:Tuesday 12 January 1937
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.60M Moth
Owner/operator:Auckland Aero Club
Registration: ZK-AEP
MSN: 1567
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Connells Bay, near Waiheke Island, Auckland Harbour -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Mangere Aerodrome, Māngere, South Auckland, New Zealand
Destination airport:
c/no. 1567 DH.60M Moth [Gipsy I #1258] to Dominion of New Zealand with C of A 2755 issued 23.9.30. To New Zealand Permanent Air Force as 1567; fitted with (corroded) floats from Moth G-AARE (c/no 1176). As the floats were found to be unserviceable on arrival due to rust in the rivets, the aircraft was thereafter operated as a landplane.

Declared surplus to requirements and gifted to the Auckland Aero Club, Mangere Aerodrome, Māngere, South Auckland as ZK-AEP on 29.5.36.

Written off (destroyed) 12.1.37: While circling a boat at low altitude, the pilot lost control and the aircraft crashed into the sea at Connells Bay, near Waiheke Island, Auckland Harbour. The aircraft sank into approx. 40 feet of water. The pilot was rescued, and the aircraft was salvaged the next day, but the airframe was badly damaged due to prolonged immersion in salt water and was written off 3 months later on 11.4.37

Waiheke Island is the second-largest island (after Great Barrier Island) in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. Its ferry terminal in Matiatia Bay at the western end of the island is 21.5 km (13.4 mi) from the central-city terminal in Auckland.


1. AHSNZ, 1988, Journal, Vol 31 No 2.


Revision history:

16-Nov-2023 07:30 Ron Averes Added
04-Dec-2023 15:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category]

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