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C/N 32937


C/N 32937

ZS-DJC "Mount Prospect"

Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens / South African Airways

Photograph: Will Blunt

SAA DC-3 Dakota, ZS-DJC “Mount Prospect” crashed on the 6th of March 1962.
The aircraft was flying between Grahamstown and Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.
The aircraft was flying beneath the cloud base in the mountainous area near the town of Seymour in deteriorating weather conditions and crashed into high ground in the Katberg Mountain area.
The Captain Andrew James McCleod and Co-pilot David Gunn were killed and the third pilot, Wynand Malan was injured. The hostess, Joyce Mealin and ground engineer Harm Venter and the two passengers received light injuries. Venter walked down the mountain for help.



Text and 3 photographs below received from David Marais 2013.

Hi John,

As promised, I have located the remains of the Dakota which crashed in the Katberg Mountains in 1962 – Tuesday 24 September 2013. The two engines remain together with the axel, brake drums, and landing gear support. Unfortunately the rest of the airframe has been cut up and removed. I understand from the locals, by an Italian from Cape Town (around 2002/2003). It took around a month to salvage where the frame was manually cut up and loaded onto donkeys and taken off the mountain.

An interesting observation was that the one of the propellers was wedged in a tree a long way down the mountain, indicating the plane was flying very low.

Crash site co-ordinates are: 32°27'9.83"S, 26°44'26.31"E (-32.452731, 26.740642)

Click link below to open in Google Maps



32937 ZS-DJC SAA Dakota Mount Prospect crash site Katberg-01

32937 ZS-DJC SAA Dakota Mount Prospect crash site Katberg-02

32937 ZS-DJC SAA Dakota Mount Prospect crash site Katberg-03



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