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Last updated: 9 April 2020
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Time:c. 0900
Type:Silhouette image of generic M20P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mooney M20
Owner/operator:Petersen Aviation Ltd
Registration: ZK-BUN
C/n / msn: 1130
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Raukura, 4.5 miles NE of Taihape -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Taupo, NZAP
Destination airport:Paraparaumu, NZPP
Pilot: Robin George Levick.

On the 7th of September 1960 the owner of ZK-BUN approached a flying instructor at Hastings asking if a prospective buyer of the plane, Mr Levick, could be given conversion dual instruction.
This was agreed to and a type rating was issued to Mr Levick after one hour of instruction.

Mr Levick had claimed to both the aircraft owner and the instructor to be an experienced commercial pilot, but this was not so. He was in fact the holder of a Student Pilot Licence.

On the day of the accident the pilot applied to another instructor for authority to make a solo flight to Paraparaumu from Napier. The pilot read out over the phone a route forecast he had obtained. The instructor then approved the proposed flight.
Mr Levick made no mention of flying via Taupo.

The aircraft took off from Napier and landed at Taupo where two passengers were seen to disembark. No persons other than the pilot had been seen to board the Mooney at Napier, but the duty communications officer had noticed that the plane spent about 5 minutes warming up at the end of the runway.
The carriage of passengers was not permitted under the conditions of an SPL.

At about 0900 witnesses working in the high country northeast of the town of Taihape heard an aircraft flying in cloud. One of these heard the sound of a crash and the other saw the plane emerge from the low cloud base in a vertical dive and then level out, before striking trees and crashing.

The aircraft was destroyed. There was no fire. The pilot was killed instantly.

The accident investigator's report came to the following conclusions :

29 (b). The pilot had been carrying two passengers when he was not qualified to do so.
29 (c). He obtained his initial conversion on to the type of aircraft by falsely representing himself to be a commercial pilot.
29 (d). He falsified his flying logbook to attempt to legalise his position.
29 (e). In obtaining authority for his cross-country flight he did not disclose his intention of flying via Taupo.
29 (f). He did not obtain a flight forecast for the section of the route Napier-Taupo-Taihape and the weather over this section was unsuitable.
29 (g). The following Civil Aviation Regulations were infringed :
Reg. 11 (1) Relating to false entries in logbooks.
Reg. 46 Relating to IFR flight by unqualified pilots.
Reg. 62 (1) (a) Relating to the obtaining of meteorological forecasts.
Reg. 84 (2) Relating to abandoning of a flight if weather conditions fall below VMC minima.
Reg 234 (2) Relating to unauthorised carriage of passengers by student pilots.

"30. Opinion.
The accident was caused by loss of control in cloud at a height which did not permit recovery before the aircraft struck the ground. "


Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
26-Jun-2011 20:15 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative]
15-May-2013 08:35 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
09-Oct-2014 18:04 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Narrative]
14-Dec-2014 11:33 angels one five Updated [Location, Narrative]

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