KITTYHAWK IN A TAXYING ACCIDENT
AT BATCHELOR AIRFIELD, NT
ON 1 OCTOBER 1942

 

On 1 October 1942, Kittyhawk A29-104, # 41-25114, of 77 Squadron RAAF, piloted by Sergeant J. B. O'Connor, was involved in a taxying accident at Batchelor airfield. Two airman on the wings two thirds of the way out and two were on the wing roots either side of the cockpit, guiding Sgt. J. B. O'Connor at night time.

He switched on his landing lights, which reflected off prop, blinding him. He turned them off straight away. The aircraft was taxying from the runway downhill via the taxy-way to the dispersal area. The airman on one of the wings yelled "brakes". The aircraft nosed over and slightly bent two of the propeller tips.

 

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