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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 62623
Last updated: 30 January 2020
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Time:c. 0940
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-160B Cherokee
Registration: ZK-CVJ
C/n / msn: 28-1147
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Puketa Beach, near Kaikoura Aerodrome -   New Zealand
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Kaikoura Aerodrome NZKI
Destination airport:
The engine of the Cherokee failed suddenly at a height of 120 to 150 feet during climb-out from Kaikoura.

The pilot attempted a very steep right turn in an apparent attempt to return to the runway but the aircraft stalled and dived onto Puketa Beach not far from the airfield.
It exploded in flames moments after the severe impact.
All four occupants of the plane died in the accident.

An inspection of the wreckage showed no apparent reason for the abrupt engine stoppage.

The investigator concluded : " The accident was caused by loss of control, incurred in a steep turn following loss of engine power during climb-out, at a height which made recovery impossible before the aircraft struck the ground. "

Pilot Leonard Bailey and passengers Keith Barlow, Paul Garrett, and Robert Thornley.

Aircraft Accident Report No. 1972.

Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
22-Dec-2010 06:07 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Damage, Narrative]
25-May-2011 01:04 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Dec-2014 12:07 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
08-Jun-2018 05:36 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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