Both main wheels dropped into mutton bird burrows and were torn off and there was further substantial damage to the airframe and engine installations. Pilot and one passenger uninjured. Ran off runway and struck an earth bank due due brake failure after landing at Savu Savu, Fiji. Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh. Mervyn Ward, Toowoomba Qld.

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Crashed on landing Trefoil Island, Tasmania. Qantas had a financial interest in Fiji Airways.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Your email address will not be published. The aircraft was powered at that stage by 3 four-cylinder Gipsy Major engines and later that year due to problems was converted to Fairey Reed Propellers with a designation change to Mk1F and later that year to Mk2.

The 20 day event covered a route around the country of 7, miles. Official hand-over to FDS at Bankstown. Bob Paul, founder of New Hebrides Airways, later wrote: Photo by Bert van Drunick.

De Havilland Australia DHA-3 Drover

Most flights took place in the very early morning because after 9am it became too turbulent at low level, especially around Marble Bar and east of Wiluna. CofA renewal at DHA. Metallic with white roof. It never flew in England.

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This aircraft came from NZ with a substancial quantity of spare parts which included a main spar carry though section the only one known to exist and almost priceless.

On this occasion the three occupants survived the ordeal to be rescued.

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The three engine aircraft left Bulolo at LT bound for Lae. Mervyn Ward, Toowoomba Qld. Walker and Warren Stewart. This page was last edited on 27 Januaryat Total time 12, hours. Van Reesma had purchased a controlling interest in Coveair.

Photo by Paul Howard. Crashed on takeoff Mooraberrie Station Qld.

While cruising about 90 miles from its destination, part of a propeller blade on the port engine flew off and penetrated the cockpit, knocking the pilot unconscious and smashing his left foot. All nine occupants were slightly injured and the airplane was damaged beyond repair and abandoned.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Engines, cowlings and propellers removed and usable parts stripped from the aircraft on the island. It was reported that the company had instructed DHA in Sydney to modify a suitable Drover for airline use.


Back to the Australian Aviation Menu. A number of accidents were caused by brakes failing or binding, causing violent ground-loops and aircraft running off strips. Not surprisingly, without V-P propellers, flight performance suffered. Hurried Australian certification to enable it to participate in the coming air race around Australia, sponsored by TV Channel Photo by Mike Madden.

Aviation photographs of De Havilland Australia DHA-3 Drover 2 : ABPic

In Queensland holiday-makers were flown to island tourist resorts by a variety of Drover operators. At this time there was continuous rain in the area with visibillity at the aerodrome reduced to two miles. The incoming tide swamped the aircraft with salt water.