AIRCRAFT DAMAGED OR DESTROYED BY CYCLONE TRACY

AT DARWIN IN DECEMBER 1974

 

WRITE-OFF

TYPE
IDENTITY
C/N
SOURCE
Auster J5B
VH-ACL
2946
42
Beech K35
VH-WKT
D5959
42
Beech 58
VH-MTJ
TH134
42
Beech 95-B55
VH-SQL
TC1333
42
Cessna 172C
VH-RHF
56933
42
Cessna 172D
VH-RKP
49683
42
Cessna 172K
VH-SKX
57580
42
Cessna 182G
VH-AVM
55690
42
Cessna 182K
VH-KOG
57742
42
Cessna 182P
VH-WTT
62757
42
Cessna P206
VH-SYD
00039
42
Cessna P206A
VH-RPU
00186
42
Cessna U206
VH-DIG
00361
42
Cessna 210A
VH-RBE
57672
42
Cessna 402
VH-SIV
0263
42
DH82A Tiger Moth
VH-BGX
T222
42
DHC-1 T10 Chipmunk
VH-KJM
DHB/F/51
42
Piper PA23-250
VH-CUX
4454
42
Piper PA24-250
VH-MIF
2570
42
Piper PA28-140
VH-PDP
24095
42
Piper PA28-140
VH-PDR
23795
42
Piper PA32-300
VH-ECO
7440048
42
Piper PA32-300
VH-PPV
40233
42
Piper PA32-300
VH-UPY
7440124
42
Mooney M20E
D-EHNI
4351
42
Douglas DC-3
PK-RDB
16147/32895
42
Douglas C-47
A65-104
16547/33295
Note 1
UH-1B Iroquois A2-721 721
Note 1

 

POSSIBLE WRITE-OFF

TYPE
IDENTITY
C/N
SOURCE
Beech A36
VH-SQN
E215
42
Cessna 172M
VH-RFH
62015
42
Cessna U206F
VH-FGN
01935
42
Cessna 210A
VH-RHT
57623
42
Cessna 310H
VH-PRC
0043
42
Cessna 310J
VH-PKY
0072
42
Victa 115
VH-APV
143
42
DH104 Dove
PK-LEA
04313
42
Cessna 411
RP-C1077
411-0171
42

 

DAMAGED

TYPE
IDENTITY
C/N
SOURCE
DH104 Dove
VH-DHE
04471
43
DH104 Dove
VH-DHH
04499
43
DH104 Dove
VH-DHN
04486
43
DH104 Dove
VH-DHA
04514
43
F-27F PK-VFM 96
44

 

Approximately 24 aircraft were damaged.

 

NOTES

1
Dakota A65-104 and Iroquois A2-721 were chocked and chained to the floor of Hangar 124 because there were no pilots to fly them out. (Source: 38, 39 & 40)
When the eye of the cyclone arrived at 0350 hours, a quick inspection revealed that "A65-104 was not in the hangar, having broken the tie-down chains and been blown down to the roadway adjacent to the Officer Commanding's married quarter. Damaged was provisionally assessed as Cat 5. A2-721 had also broken its chains, and had moved several feet, but was assessed as about Cat 3 or 4. The tie-down chains were replaced and this aircraft was again secured." (Source: 40)
When the winds resumed the hangar roof collapsed on top of A2-721.

 

SOURCES

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
4
29JAN12
Added more detail on the damage to Dakota A65-104 and Iroquois A2-721 (See Note 1). Also centralised table of sources on main list.
3
28JAN12
Added Iroquois A2-721 and F-27F PK-VFM
2
22JAN12
Added a table of aircraft damaged.
1
15JAN12
Original.