Incident de Havilland DH.60GIII Moth Major ZK-ADK, Wednesday 6 January 1937
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Date:Wednesday 6 January 1937
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.60GIII Moth Major
Owner/operator:Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club
Registration: ZK-ADK
MSN: 5114
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Taupo, Waikato -   New Zealand
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Taupo, Waikato
c/no. 5114 DH 60GIII Moth Major [Gipsy Major #5901] Shipped from the United Kingdom on the s.s."Rangitane" and arrived on 18.3.35. Trucked to Wigram where it was assembled and test flown 27.3.35 before being allocated to the Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club on 3.4.35. Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-ADK on 11.4.35.

Forced landing 6.1.37 at Taupo, Waikato following engine failure, due to water contamination of fuel supply. Aircraft repaired within 2 months and returned to service

Taupō, sometimes written as Taupo, is a town located in the central North Island of New Zealand. It is situated on the edge of Lake Taupō, which is the largest freshwater lake in New Zealand.

Subsequent History:
Impressed into the RNZAF as a gift aircraft on 20.5.40 with No. 2 EFTS, New Plymouth and given the serial NZ508. Suffered a landing accident at New Plymouth on 28.4.41 and was written off the books (struck off charge) on 17.9.41


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

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

3 April 1937 ZK-ADK Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club 0 Dannevirke, Tararua District, Manawatū-Whanganui sub
24 May 1938 ZK-ADK Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club 0 near Napier Aerodrome, Napier, Hawke's Bay sub
28 April 1941 NZ508 2 EFTS RNZAF 0 New Plymouth AFB, Taranaki min


Revision history:

16-Nov-2023 08:10 Ron Averes Added
04-Dec-2023 15:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total occupants, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]

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