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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122732
Last updated: 17 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C170 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 170B
Registration: ZK-BGK
MSN: 26456
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Waitotara, Taranaki -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Farm airstrip
Destination airport:
In 1958 Mr Hawken applied to the Civil Aviation Authority to have his farm property near Waitotara designated as a Low Flying Area.
The purpose was to allow Mr Hawken to legally operate his aircraft below 500 feet AGL in order to carry out stock spotting operations intended to facilitate mustering.
This approval was granted with the proviso that the aircraft was not to be flown below 250 feet AGL.

On the morning of 16.4.64 a mustering operation was commenced. Mr Hawken would sight a group of sheep, and dive towards them revving the Cessna's engine to get the animals moving, and then circling to indicate the position to the mustering party.

Shortly after mid-day the personnel on the ground noted the disappearance of the Cessna and saw an ominous column of smoke rising. Going to the scene they found the wrecked and burning plane. The pilot was dead.

The crash investigator found that the Cessna had struck a sand dune with its starboard wing tip while in a 55 degree banked slipping turn to the right. The aircraft then flipped over and skidded for a distance of 110 feet and came to rest inverted. Fuel, estimated to be about 17 gallons, from the ruptured tanks was ignited by the hot engine and the aircraft was consumed by the flames.

John Kingswell Hawken.


Original entry by XLerate
Civil Aircraft Accident Report No.25/3/1408

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

3 Jun 1961 ZK-BGK Ardmore Aerodrome (NZAR) sub

Revision history:

24-May-2011 16:03 angels one five Added
21-Apr-2013 07:37 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
15-Jun-2013 12:37 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
15-Jun-2013 12:38 Uli Elch Updated [Source]
25-Sep-2021 23:45 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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