VH-EAV. de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. c/n 741.

Was also registered as: VH-DHI and VH-AVR.


Last of four aircraft ordered new by Qantas Airways Ltd

Built by de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd, Downsview, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Powered by Pratt and Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior engine

Delivered by de Havilland Canada to de Havilland Australia at Bankstown - February 7, 1955

Purchased from de Havilland Australia, Bankstown by Qantas - February 17, 1955

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAV - April 1, 1955

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd

Departed Sydney for operations in Papua-New Guinea - April 10, 1955

Sold to de Havilland Australia - April 16, 1959

Reregister as VH-DHI - April 16, 1959

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - February 11, 1960

Repurchased by Qantas On behalf of  Fiji Airways Limited, Nausori, Suva, Fiji Islands - February 22, 1960

Entered onto Fijian Aircraft Register as VQ-FAA

Registered Fiji Airways - March 4, 1960

Cancelled from Fijian Aircraft Register - 1963

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AVR - February 8, 1963

Registered to Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown

Aircraft was destroyed when it crashed at Armidale, N.S.W. - July 9, 1964

Crashed from a low altitude when a wing broke away in flight due to the failure of a wing strut fitting

It was engaged in agricultural operations at the time

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - February 1965



VH-DHI. de Havilland - in the basic Qantas livery at Whyndham Airport, circa 1959..