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Last updated: 7 April 2021
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Time:c. 0620
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-18A 150
Owner/operator:Central Aviation Co. Ltd
Registration: ZK-BKM
C/n / msn: 18-4809
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:G.& W. Young property, Tuapeka West, Otago -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Farm airstrip
Destination airport:
Pilot: Charles Adrian Frederic Bevin.

The PA-18A took off on the first run of the day loaded with 60 gallons of 245T spray mixture.
When it did not return after the expected five minutes or so, a search was initiated.

The wrecked plane was found in a ravine. The pilot was dead. There was no fire.

The left wing of the Piper Super Cub was found about 600 feet from the rest of the aircraft. An indentation in the leading edge of the wing matched the diameter of a prominent and solitary pine tree on a promontory overlooking the ravine. The trunk of the tree was snapped off 78 feet above its base.

The tree was the only one in the area, was a well known landmark, and could be seen from all directions.

The investigators were at a loss to explain how an experienced ag. pilot (7,710 flying hours, most of it on agricultural operations) who knew the area well, could fail to notice the tree in his path.
The weather was CAVU and calm.

It was suspected that the pilot became preoccupied with priming the spray system as he approached the spraying area and flew into the tree 13 feet below its crest in a level flight attitude and at cruising speed.

Aircraft Accident Report No. 25/3/1299.


Other occurrences involving this aircraft

11 Jun 1956 ZK-BKM Lauder sub

Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
09-Jul-2010 20:18 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Nature, Damage, Narrative]
20-Jun-2011 20:41 angels one five Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
20-Jun-2011 20:45 angels one five Updated [[Time, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]]
20-Jun-2011 20:45 angels one five Updated [[[Time, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]]]
15-May-2013 22:48 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]

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