Aero Modifications AMI DC-3-65TP
29 November 1943 deliverd to the USAAF as 42-92289
5 January 1944 to RAF as FL645
31 January 1944 delivered to the South African Air Force (SAAF) and given the number 6823
8 November 1950 registered ZS-DEO for Kiersley Airways
The aircraft has some interesting history as it appears it has been rebuilt from parts of SAAF 6803.
This aircraft has seen service with
Speed Services Couriers
10 March 2003 The aircraft was approaching the Rumbek airstrip in the Sudan (1400m x 35m, gravel) and at approximately 60 feet above the ground, the aircraft suddenly lost 9 knots in typical windshear conditions.
The aircraft made a heavy landing and came to rest in a ditch. Both engines and the landing gear were torn off in the accident.
The aircraft was temporarily repaired on site by replacing the main landing gears, tail wheel, both engines and propellers, one aileron and some skin repair. It was flown back to South Africa on 17 April 2003.
Contributed by John Austin-Williams
26 June 2009