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Last updated: 23 January 2022
Date:Tuesday 26 March 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar
Operator:Airland (NZ)
Registration: ZK-CMX
MSN: 18-2595
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:7364
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Waewaepa Range (   New Zealand)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Oringi Airport, New Zealand
Destination airport:Oringi Airport, New Zealand
The aircraft was engaged in an operation involving the aerial sowing of bulk fertiliser. The Lodestar had made a straight sowing run after which it was seen to cross a ridge. It turned slightly to starboard and followed the line of the ridge before entering a comparatively steep left-hand turn apparently initiated to bring it back toward a suitable position from which another sowing run could be started. When about two-thirds of the turn had been completed, the aircraft was seen to flick suddenly into a left-hand spin which continued very rapidly for one and a half to two and a half turns until the aircraft impacted on bush-clad terrain near the top of the ridge it had formerly crossed, exploded, disintegrated and burned.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident resulted from irretrievable loss of control occasioned by the unintentional incurrence of a stall and spin in conditions of turbulence and at a height which did not permit recovery before the aircraft struck the ground."

Loss of control

» Aircraft Accident Report No. 1837 Lockheed 18-56 LODESTAR ZK-CMX Waewaepa Range 26 March 1968


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