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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 95
Last updated: 26 April 2019
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Time:c. 12:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee
Owner/operator:Canterbury Aero Club
Registration: ZK-LJB
C/n / msn: 28-8090161
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Valley southwest of the Cass Saddle, near Lake Coleridge -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:HKK
Destination airport:CHC
The pilot was on a cross-country training flight from Christchurch to Hokitika via Arthur's Pass. The planned return flight path was direct to Christchurch, after refuelling the aircraft at Hokitika.
When the aircraft failed to arrive at Christchurch and became overdue on the SARTIME, a search was initiated by the RCCNZ. At approximately 1730 hours the burnt-out aircraft wreckage was located and the first rescuers found the pilot and passenger were deceased.
Investigation concluded that the pilot had deviated from the authorised flight planned route and minimum route operating heights and had operated the aircraft at low level in mountainous terrain for which he had limited experience.
The probable cause of this accident was that the pilot, when flying at low level in a mountainous area, entered a steep narrow valley and in an attempt to manoeuvre the aircraft clear of terrain, collided with the ground.


Christchurch Press, NZ Police


Wanaka 2004

Revision history:

20-Jan-2008 12:54 sinzman Added
21-Jan-2008 03:07 anon Updated
24-Jan-2008 01:30 anon Updated
11-Jun-2009 11:33 harro Updated
31-Aug-2009 01:42 flyernzl Updated

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