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Narrative:On Friday 3 January 1997, at 1357 hours, Cessna 310Q aeroplane ZK-KIM, on a private flight to Ardmore, was turning after takeoff from Queenstown when it entered a spin or spiral dive which led to a collision with the ground. The pilot and all five passengers were killed. The position of the Remarkables Range, in relation to runway 14, restricted the space available and precluded a normal visual horizon reference for the pilot during the turn. Inadvertent mishandling of the aircraft by the pilot probably resulted from his inexperience and lack of mountain flying skills. Misloading could have adversely affected the handling qualities of the aircraft.
|Owner/operator:||Roy Aviation Services|
|C/n / msn:|| 0825|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||SE of Queenstown -
|Phase:|| Initial climb|
Flight International 3-9 June 1998
||Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]|
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