Date & Time: Jun 30, 1944 at 1300 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Nelson - Hokitika
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
While approaching the Mt Saddle at low height, the twin engine aircraft was caught by updraft and gained altitude. Shortly later, the aircraft stalled and dove into a wooded area located on the Mt Hope, in the Kahurangi National Park. Four passengers and the pilot Colin G. Lewis were rescued while two others occupants including Bert Mercer, founder of this operator, were killed. The other passenger killed was also an employee of Air Travel.
Loss of control caused by updraft.