Date & Time: Dec 21, 1941 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed L-414 Hudson
Operator:
Registration:
NZ2020
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Whenuapai - Whenuapai
MSN:
414-3833
YOM:
1941
Region:
Oceania
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a maritime patrol mission. It left Whenuapai Airport in the day bound to the north. While cruising at a height of 1,500 feet, crew started a left turn when the aircraft stalled and crashed on a hill side. All three occupants were killed.
Crew:
F/O Eric Holdaway,
Sgt George Eatorne,
Sgt Eric Eldershaw.
Probable cause:
According to the RNZAF, weather conditions at the time of the accident were poor with turbulence in the area. The hypothesis of an engine failure was not excluded. Following this accident, all RNZAF Lockheed Hudson were grounded to check all ailerons control systems.