CRASH OF A C-60A LODESTAR
ON NORFOLK ISLAND
ON 26 JUNE 1944

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On 26 June 1944, the "brakes failed" on Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Lodestar C60A, #3515. The Pilot, C.B. Cornish, was taxying the aircraft when the hydraulics failed and it struck a low bank at the edge of the runway. The aircraft needed new main plane. 

The Lodestar appears to have been written off (need to check file 25/2/1636 re writing off). Recommendation that tail wheel be locked when taxying in a straight line as that would save wear on brakes and juggling engines to keep straight. But this had not been appreciated as the first plane with a lockable tail wheel was the Hudson Mark V.

REFERENCE DOCUMENTS

 NOTE:- Air files AIR vol 1 No 25/2/... in NZ National Archives, Wellington cover RNZAF accidents & crashes including WWII. They range from landing mishaps to writeoffs & missing planes. The details of this crash were in File 25/2/1636.

 

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