Date & Time: May 5, 1931 at 1130 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DH.80 Puss Moth
Johannesburg – Pietermaritzburg
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Aircraft was owned by Glenn L. Bateman and piloted by Lieutenant Glen Kidston and Captain Thomas Anthony Gladstone. They were looking for a new route from Johannesburg to Pietermaritzburg. While cruising at an altitude of 300 metres, aircraft entered clouds, lost a wing and crashed in a rocky area, some 20 km east of Harrismith, Free State. The debris of the aircraft were found near the Tandjiesberg mountain, some 27 km north of Van Reenen. Both occupants were killed and the lost wing was found 183 meters from the main debris.
A wing failed in flight, most probably due to turbulence encountered in the cloudy area.