Date & Time: Jul 21, 1935 at 0945 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DH.60 Moth
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-ABM
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Private
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Akitio - Hastings
MSN:
1127
YOM:
1930
Region:
Oceania
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot and owner Hamish F. Armstrong was performing a flight from his farm in Akitio to Hastings. En route, he encountered poor weather conditions and low visibility and the aircraft diverted from the prescribed course to the northwest. While cruising, the single engine aircraft hit a hillside in the forest of Ruahine, near Wakarara. SAR found the debris two weeks later at an altitude of 1,200 metres, some 30 metres from the summit. No trace of the pilot was ever found. Injured, he probably walked away to find rescue but he did not have the appropriate clothes against the low temperature and did not have food as well.