Date & Time: Dec 6, 1931 at 0546 LT
Type of aircraft:
Fokker F7
Operator:
Registration:
PH-AFO
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Melbourne – Alor Setar – Bangkok – Yangon – Amsterdam
MSN:
5236
YOM:
1930
Country:
Thailand
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
4
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
Aircraft was carrying four passengers, a crew of three and 209 kilos of mail. Two takeoff procedures were rejected. On the third attempt, aircraft rolled 1,500 metres when it hit a dirt bank. Landing gear were sheared off and the aircraft crashed. While the radio operator was seriously injured, all six other occupants were killed.
Crew:
Thaeke Wiersma, pilot,
Jan van Onlangs, copilot,
G. van Zadelhoff, radio operator,
J.F.W.O. Kotte, technician.
Probable cause:
The total weight of the aircraft was too high at the time of the accident, this explain why the airplane was unable to leave the ground. Additionally, it appears that a cockpit panel was improperly secured while the takeoff run was completed in heavy rain falls, which was considered as a contributory factor.