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Narrative:On 6 June 2003, a charter flight returning to Christchurch from Palmerston North crashed into trees and terrain on approach to Christchurch airport in night time IFR conditions. One possible cause was distraction to the single pilot due to overwork. The pilot and seven passengers died due to impact with trees, two passengers survived with serious injuries. The crash site was not located until 21:24, due to night and fog conditions, the remote location away from roads requiring a search on foot, and the conditions preventing operation of a rescue helicopter.
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain
|Owner/operator:||Air Adventures New Zealand Limited|
|C/n / msn:|| 31-7405203|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 10|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||1.2 nm out from runway 20, Christchurch International Airport -
|Nature:||Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Palmerston North (PMR/NZPM)|
|Destination airport:||Christchurch (CHC/NZCH)|
1. TAIC Report 03-004 Piper PA 31-350 Navajo Chieftain ZK-NCA controlled flight into terrain near Christchurch Aerodrome 6 June 2003: http://www.taic.org.nz/AviationReports/tabid/78/ctl/Detail/mid/482/InvNumber/2003-004/Page/4/Default.aspx?SkinSrc=[G]skins%2ftaicAviation%2fskin_aviation
2. NZ Herald - Pilot's decision to fly alone cost 8 lives, coroner says
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]|