Monday, 27 September 2010

Beavers & Beavers # 13 ZK-COV

De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver , c/n 1602 , came to Hawker-Siddeley at Wellington on 16-07-1965. It first flew from Wellington on 19-11-1965 (some say 15-11-65) and was registered as ZK-COV to Auster Air Services Ltd of Timaru on 22-11-1965.
It was fitted with a larger oversized hopper for poison bait work.
ZK-COV at Waimate 02-11-1967.

ZK-COV at Waimate 02-11-1967.
ZK-COV at Waimate on 13-11-1970

ZK-COV at Waimate 13-11-1970.
Auster Air Services became part of the Airwork establishment and the title was changed to Airwork (NZ) Ltd, Christchurch on 16-05-1974. The aircraft still carried the Auster Air Servises Ltd signage but had a small "An Airwork (NZ) Ltd Division" in small letters below, plus the AW badge on the fin.
ZK-COV at Waimate on 11-01-1975.

ZK-COV at Waimate 11-01-1975.
ZK-COV crashed with fatal results on 01-03-1975 in the Brothers Range, near Cave in South Canterbury.

A few more pics of ZK-COV can been view on :-


  1. Was this the very tragic accident with kids on board?

  2. Thanks - thought so. Knew the pilot and the kids/kid's father who was killed just before that...