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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 64296
Last updated: 24 June 2018
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Time:0746 NZST
Type:Silhouette image of generic C185 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 185D
Owner/operator:Taupo Air Services Ltd
Registration: ZK-CHS
C/n / msn: 0793
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:south of Rangipo, Turangi -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:NZPM
Destination airport:NZAP
Crashed on SH 1, also known as the Desert Road, 11km south of Rangipo, in bad weather while flying from Palmerston North to Taupo VFR.
The pilot was flying at a very low altitude in an attempt to follow the highway in foggy conditions with light rain and drizzle, the vis. reducing at times to 50 meters.
The aircraft struck a bank beside the road with its right wing tip and crashed.
The pilot was thrown clear of the cockpit and lived for a few minutes before succumbing to his injuries.
The aircraft caught fire and was destroyed.

Philip Anthony Queenan, Catherine Elaine Queenan, Nicholas Paul Queenan, Simon Andrew Queenan, Jennifer Ann Holtham and Christopher John Prestage.

Air Accident Report No. 79-048.


Taupo Airport 1968 Laurie Downes

Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
23-Jun-2009 16:26 angels one five Updated
23-Jun-2009 17:49 angels one five Updated
16-Nov-2009 23:33 Anon. Updated
15-Jun-2011 02:40 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Jun-2013 11:04 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
19-May-2018 23:49 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]

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