Accident description
Last updated: 29 July 2014
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 20 October 1957
Time:ca 07:00
Type:Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar
Operator:Fieldair
Registration: ZK-BMC
C/n / msn: 18-2553
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:2898
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bideford (   New Zealand) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:Masterton Airport (MRO/NZMS), New Zealand
Destination airport:Masterton Airport (MRO/NZMS), New Zealand
Narrative:
Lodestar ZK-BMC was operating several topdressing sorties in the area of Bideford. On the morning of October 20, the plane departed at 05:15 on the first sortie of the day. The operation proceeded normally, each flight taking 17 to 18 minutes to complete. At 06:40 hours it was apparent that a front was approaching from the south. The pilot decided to carry out one more flight and departed Masterton at 07:00. The aircraft struck a hill 1,350 feet (410 m) amsl, 8 feet below the crest in drizzle and poor visibility.

OPINION: "The cause of the accident was an error of judgment on the part of the pilot in electing to continue the flight in the face of deteriorating weather conditions, during which time the aircraft struck the top of the hill, while the pilot was attempting to maintain visual flight under instrument conditions."

Classification:
VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Report of a Civil Aircraft Accident No. 25/3/877: Accident involving Lockheed Lodestar ZK-BMC at Bideford, near Masterton, on 20 October 1957


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