Monday, July 01, 2013

Fifty years on, Alistair Bone revisits the site of New Zealand's worst domestic air disaster: Accident occurred July 03, 1963, near Mount Ngatamahinerua, Kaimai Ranges -- National Airways Corporation Flight 441, Douglas DC-3 Skyliner

On July 3, at 8.05am, it will be 50 years since a DC3 took off from Whenuapai airport in northwest Auckland. It was a veteran of World War II, one of thousands of the big twin-engined cargo workhorse built to haul troops and weapons around.

It had been spruced up and now flew for the National Airways Corporation, (NAC), trolling up and down the country, taking people to work or holidays or home. Flight 441 was to stop in Tauranga, Gisborne, Napier and Palmerston North, before reaching Wellington in the early afternoon.

NAC publicity from the day used shots from inside the upgraded ZK AYZ. Flying was still an event and a bit of an extravagance, with men dressed in suits and mum and the kids in their Sunday best.

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