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?"
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.
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!