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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 60911
Last updated: 20 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk.
Owner/operator:Wanganui Aero Club Inc.
Registration: ZK-EIT
C/n / msn: 38-78A0010
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sea, near Wanganui Airport -   New Zealand
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:NZWU
Destination airport:NZWU
Pilot: Ross John Clark (20).

The pilot took off at 1306 NZST for 30 minutes practice in circuits and landings.
Three touch-and-go landings were made on grass vector 11 without incident.

During the subsequent downwind leg the tower controller observed the aircraft making a slight lateral rocking motion. Towards the end of the leg the pilot called the tower saying he was experiencing control difficulties and would be making a full stop landing.

The aircraft commenced its turn onto the base leg, a turn which continued through about 180 degrees and was accompanied by a steepening dive.

The plane crashed into the sea about 2km from Wanganui Airport. The pilot did not survive.

The wreck was located later in the day, inverted on the sea bed, in about 20 feet of water. It was salvaged and brought ashore for examination.

The accident report concludes:

" 3.8 Probable cause. The probable cause of this accident was a loss of control of the aircraft following the in-flight separation of the left flange from the elevator torque tube."


Aircraft Accident Report No.82-058.

Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
15-Aug-2011 17:23 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
03-Jul-2012 11:29 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Narrative]

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