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Kaimai Crash 
by Richard Waugh

 
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New Zealand’s Worst Internal Air Disaster

Flight 441 from Auckland to Tauranga on 3 July 1963 began as a typical National Airways Corporation DC-3 flight of the era. The passengers represented a cross section of New Zealand society; men and women, Maori and Pakeha, young and old. They were travelling on business, on holiday or to attend family events. The tragic crash of DC-3 ZK-AYZ into the Kaimai Range and the death of all three crew and 20 passengers was a profound shock to the prosperity and optimism of a growing nation. The accident was front page news for days.In response there was a huge outpouring of public sympathy with hundreds of volunteers involved in the search, many providing meals and shelter while others extended care to those who had lost loved ones. Helicopters also played a pioneering role in the search and recovery operation. A public inquiry later helped New Zealand draw some safety lessons from this, its worst internal air disaster.

CONTENTS
Forewords – by Dame Silvia Cartwright, Governor-General of New Zealand – and
Mr Hugh Vercoe, Mayor of Matamata-Piako District Council
Acknowledgements 
Map
CHAPTERS:
“I’ve lost an aircraft”
“Settling in for the flighT”
“We are two minutes out”
“The wreck has been sighted”
“In the interests of public safety”
FEATURES:
NAC and its DC-3 fleet by Peter Layne
DC-3 Skyliner ZK-AYZ Hastings by Peter Layne
Pioneering Helicopter Pilot at Work
One Searcher’s Story
Crash Site through the Years
Commemorative Poem by Essie May Dodd
Appendix – Memorial Plaques designed by Graeme McConnell
Index

Soft cover 280x210mm 64 pages

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