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Last updated: 28 January 2022
Datum:Montag 29 Januar 1996
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Fluggesellschaft:Sounds Air
Kennzeichen: ZK-SFA
Werknummer: 20800051
Baujahr: 1985
Triebwerk: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 6
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:18 km (11.3 Meilen) NE of Blenheim (   Neuseeland)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Wellington International Airport (WLG/NZWN), Neuseeland
Flug nach:Picton-Koromiko Airport (PCN/NZOK), Neuseeland
The Cessna departed Wellington (WLG) for a VFR flight at 2000 feet to Koromiko (PCN). While descending for Koromiko Airport the aircraft entered an area of clouds and flew into the heavily wooded eastern slope of Mount Robertson at 1400 feet (430 m) amsl.

Probable Cause:

Causal factors:
- The decision by the pilot to descend beneath the cloud layer.
- Illusions, created by the conditions, producing misleading visual references.
- The pilot's misidentification of distant terrain features.
- An undetected heading error, and loss of "positional awareness".
- Insufficient forward visibility, during the later stages of the descent.
- The high speed of the aircraft.
- The decision making by the pilot: the delayed decision to descend beneath the cloud layer; continued flight into deteriorating conditions.

Contributing / influencing factors:
- The pilot's familiarity with the area, creating a false sense of security.
- Improved general weather conditions, causing the pilot to relax.
- A possible false horizon, created by a sloping cloud base.
- The absence of documented procedures to ensure pilots crossed the coast south of Rarangi.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 149 days (5 months)
Accident number: 96-006
Download report: Final report

» TAIC Investigation 96-006


TAIC issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Cessna-208-Caravan-I-ZK-SFA
accident date: 29-01-1996
type: Cessna 208 Caravan I
registration: ZK-SFA

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Wellington International Airport to Picton-Koromiko Airport as the crow flies is 71 km (44 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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