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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 29745
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Type:Silhouette image of generic VENT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Schempp-Hirth Ventus b/16.6
Registration: ZK-GTR
MSN: 105
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Maramarua, Waikato -   New Zealand
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
The glider was on a club-contest task that comprised two laps of a triangular course originating from, and terminating at, Drury. On the fourth leg, ZK-GTR was in company with two other aircraft, but near Maramarua the pilot reported that he was going toland. He did not, however, give any reason for his intention to land. A ground witness observed the glider pitch up from level flight and enter a steep nose-down spiral from which it did not recover before striking the ground. A post-mortem examination of the pilot found severe coronary artery disease, which probably resulted in an in-flight incapacitation and loss of control. No indication was found of any pre-impact aircraft defect.


1. CAA NZ Occurrence reference 99/1.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

30 Nov 1989 ZK-GTR near Tirau, Waikato sub

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
18-Feb-2022 08:59 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Source]
18-Feb-2022 08:59 Ron Averes Updated [Source]

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