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Rare De-Havilland DH Dove Crashes In New Zealand

Fri Feb 03, 2006 2:11 pm

A rare De-Havilland DH-104 Dove crash landed at the Ohakea Air Force base near Palmerston North this morning while flying to WLG with 10 passengers on board. A news reporter at a media release asked the pilot, what can he tell his mates? The pilots reply while laughing was "I crashed a plane, have you?"

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3561076a10,00.html

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RE: Rare De-Havilland DH Dove Crashes In New Zealand

Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:29 am

Glad everyone made it out okay. I hope they can get the Devon back in the air...not too many of those left! I love the Dove / Devon...many early memories with them.  Smile
 
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RE: Rare De-Havilland DH Dove Crashes In New Zealand

Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:36 am

Sad day for the Dove, but glad to see the pilot has a sense of humour! Big grin

Ramp, yes, I hope they get it back in the air too. They are a great example of what Britain used to be able to build.

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RE: Rare De-Havilland DH Dove Crashes In New Zealand

Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:00 am

Are these rare now? My mother recalls flying them fairly often when she lived in Iran during the late 1960s and early 1970s...
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RE: Rare De-Havilland DH Dove Crashes In New Zealand

Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:00 pm

Rampkontroler and Skidmarks

Don't worry the pilot has said he will get his plane fixed

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 3):

Yes they are now rare. There are now only 4 still flying in New Zealand (well make that 3 intill this one is flying again)
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RE: Rare De-Havilland DH Dove Crashes In New Zealand

Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:22 pm

It's good to know everyone was OK!
 
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RE: Rare De-Havilland DH Dove Crashes In New Zeala

Sat Feb 04, 2006 3:25 pm

When I was teenager a commuter airline used to shuttle Doves between the downtown airports in Detroit and Cleveland. They had comparatively huge windows and, especially at the speed they flew, provided a great view of the cities and the US and Canadian islands in Lake Erie on the half-hour flight.

Sorry to hear of another one gone.
 
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RE: Rare De-Havilland DH Dove Crashes In New Zealand

Sat Feb 04, 2006 4:42 pm

Quoting MasseyBrown (Reply 6):
Sorry to hear of another one gone.

This one isnt gone as it will be repaired
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RE: Rare De-Havilland DH Dove Crashes In New Zealand

Sat Feb 04, 2006 5:00 pm

Quoting 777ER (Thread starter):
flying to WLG with 10 passengers on board

That must have been overloading it. IIRC the Dove seats 6 passengers + 2 pilots
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RE: Rare De-Havilland DH Dove Crashes In New Zealand

Sat Feb 04, 2006 5:17 pm

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 8):
Quoting 777ER (Thread starter):
flying to WLG with 10 passengers on board

That must have been overloading it. IIRC the Dove seats 6 passengers + 2 pilots

I included the pilots in that count. There was actually 9 people on board (including the pilot)
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RE: Rare De-Havilland DH Dove Crashes In New Zealand

Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:51 am

Just saw this in the Feb issue of TNT. Includes a photo of it covered in foam with broken nose, undercarriage and also the cockpit roof seems to be smashed. Paul Jones the pilot says he had no idea he was about to crash land as he hit the runway. The landing gear was down and there was nothing technically wrong. "It was just a precautionary landing and it did'nt work out for the best."
Sounds like something out of a biggles novel!

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