VH-CLS de Havilland D.H.114 Heron 2B
VH-CLS was an ex Indian
Airlines Heron first registered in Australia in October 1966. It
VT-DHE and then was recycled back through the UK in 1965 where it was
G-ATFE before making the trip out to Australia.
Roger McDonald's color shot
above shows it
at Darwin in July 1973. It was converted to Riley Heron standard
Photo # 2 immediately below was provided by Kelvin Hawthorn, a LAME
conversion. Image # 3 was taken earlier by Peter Limon at
Katherine, NT in October
showing the Heron in the first Connellan scheme while the photo at the
foot of the page
another by Roger McDonald showing the aircraft in a plain white top at
just after it had received its Australian CofA. On 23 October
trees on final approach to Cairns Airport at night and crashed into
sugar cane fields.
official DCA verdict was pilot error (since he had switched from an ILS
to a VFR
there was a severe thunderstorm in progress at the time and it is
possible that wind
shear played a part
in the accident.