ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48410
Last updated: 27 November 2014
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Date:21-NOV-1961
Time:Day
Type:Silhouette image of generic AC68 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aero Commander 680F
Owner/operator:Bay of Plenty Airways
Registration: ZK-BWA
C/n / msn: 437-109
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mount Ruapehu, North Island -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Wellington NZWN
Destination airport:Rotorua NZRO
Narrative:
As the Aero Commander flew over Mt Ruapehu air turbulence caused an existing fatigue crack in a wing spar cap to propagate suddenly to a point where the spar failed, and the wing separated from the airframe. The aircraft crashed on the mountainside, 7,500 feet a.m.s.l.
The pilot and his 5 passengers all died in the crash.

Sources:
http://www.rotoruadailypost.co.nz/news/crash-questions-after-50-years/1180267/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Nov-2008 22:12 angels one five Added
04-Dec-2008 21:21 angels one five Updated
10-Dec-2008 21:04 FunnyBones Updated
29-Mar-2010 00:39 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
12-Dec-2011 04:08 angels one five Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
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