Date & Time: Nov 26, 1931
Type of aircraft:
Avro 618 Ten
Operator:
Registration:
VH-UNA
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Postal (mail)
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Hobart – Sydney – Alor Setar – London
MSN:
388
YOM:
0
Country:
Malaysia
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff, aircraft stalled and crashed in a rice paddy field. All four occupants were injured and the aircraft was destroyed. Christened 'Southern Sun', the aircraft was on its way from Australia to England carrying 52,000 Christmas' letters for a total weight of 1,500 kilos.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the accident was not established. However, the takeoff run have been completed from a terrain whose surface was soaked by recent rains. So, the performances of the aircraft should be reduced till the rotation. A power loss of the center engine was also suspected.