There are three likely causes of this tragedy!
1. The fuel tank was of not sufficient capacity (114 gallons) to travel from Launceston
to Essendon against the strong winds which existed on 19 October. Normal consumption was
36 gallons per hour. An earlier flight in similar conditions had landed at Point Cook due
to concerns about the fuel status.
2. Victor Holyman was not endorsed to fly the DH86 aircraft although he often insisted on
taking control. The aircraft did not have normal dual control as the DH86s of QANTAS had
and Holyman and Jenkins would have had to change seats for Holyman to take control. It is
possible that when doing this the controls may have been knocked and especially if the
aircraft was flying at low level over water there would not have been time to recover
3. Subsequent accidents to DH86 aircraft raised the issue of a rushed design with faults
or deficiencies which were subsequently rectified. These issues were not considered at
the time of the Miss Hobart crash
Some of the passengers on this aircraft were well known and included the Rev. Hubert
Warren an Anglican priest on his way to a new parish in Sydney. Rev. Warren was the
father of David Warren who was the inventor of the aircraft "Black Box" which
was developed at the time of DH106 Comet crashes in the 1950s
From: Maree Ring <mareering(a)gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, 7 November 2019 7:44 PM
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Subject: [AUS-Tas] The Miss Hobart (airplane) mystery...
Another story from the ABC and Reg Watson... with the culmination of the invention of the
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