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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58768
Last updated: 20 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AA5 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman American AA-5 Traveler
Owner/operator:Wellington Districts Aero Club
Registration: ZK-DKZ
MSN: AA5-0419
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Otaki, Kapiti -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:NZPP
Destination airport:NZPP
DKZ flew into high tension power wires when an instructor was training a pre-solo student pilot in the procedure to be followed in the event of an engine failure soon after take off (EFATO). The exercise was being carried out in a designated Low Flying Area.

The plane was climbing away from the last attempt before returning to Parararaumu Airport and heading towards the setting sun when it collided with two wires of the national electric power grid at height of about 36 feet (11metres) and was suspended above the ground. The aircraft caught fire and then fell to the ground.

Both occupants escaped with serious burns. The student pilot survived, but the instructor died from his injuries seven days later.

Kevin Warren Laplanche R.I.P.


1. Civil Air Accident Files, Archives New Zealand
2. King, John (1995). Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. pp. 185-186. ISBN 1 86934 042 6.
Aircraft Accident Report No. 80-042

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

23 Dec 1978 ZK-DKZ Wellington Districts Aero Club Paraparaumu, Kapiti unk

Revision history:

19-Feb-2009 21:00 angels one five Added
22-May-2009 02:33 XLerate Updated
24-May-2009 04:11 angels one five Updated
09-Jun-2009 21:01 XLerate Updated
14-Mar-2016 20:35 angels one five Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-May-2018 09:43 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
26-May-2018 01:08 Ron Averes Updated [Cn]
08-Aug-2020 03:05 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
23-Sep-2021 14:13 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
29-Dec-2021 06:28 angels one five Updated [Phase]

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