Accident
Last updated: 23 April 2014
Status:Definitief
Datum:zondag 20 oktober 1957
Tijd:ca 07:00
Type:Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Fieldair
Registratie: ZK-BMC
Constructienummer: 18-2553
Bouwjaar: 1943
Aantal vlieguren:2898
Motoren: 2 Wright R-1820-G-202A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 1
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 1
Totaal:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 2
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Bideford (   Nieuw-Zeeland) show on map
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Sproeivlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Masterton Airport (MRO/NZMS), Nieuw-Zeeland
Vliegveld van aankomst:Masterton Airport (MRO/NZMS), Nieuw-Zeeland
Beschrijving:
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."

Bronnen:
» 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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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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