Date & Time: Nov 20, 1941 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Airspeed AS.10 Oxford
Operator:
Registration:
NZ1245
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Training
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Ohakea - Ohakea
MSN:
2670
Region:
Oceania
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a training mission on behalf of the third Army Training Unit and left Ohakea AFB at 1045LT. While cruising in low visibility due to poor weather conditions, the twin engine aircraft hit a mountain slope located between Upper Hutt and Waikanae, northeast of Wellington. SAR were conducted but suspended after few days as no trace of the aircraft nor the crew was found. Eventually, the wreckage was found by a hunter on April 10, 1943.
Crew (3rd SFTS):
LAC Charles William Baker,
LAC Winston Stanley Cannel.
Source: http://www.parawaitc.org.nz/Other/Oxford1245.pdf
Probable cause:
The Court concluded its inquiry with the following findings:
1) From the evidence available, the Court can only assume that the loss of Oxford NZ1245 is attributable mainly to the bad weather conditions prevailing in part of the route to be flown.
2) The Court is of the opinion that the aircraft and equipment was in serviceable condition prior to the exercise.
3) The weather conditions immediately prior to setting out on the exercise were such that the Flight Commander was justified in authorizing the flight.