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Last updated: 29 October 2020
Estado:Final
Fecha:domingo 20 octubre 1957
Hora:ca 07:00
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar
Operador:Fieldair
Registración: ZK-BMC
Numéro de série: 18-2553
Año de Construcción: 1943
Horas Totales de la Célula:2898
Motores: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 1
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 1
Total:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 2
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Bideford (   Nueva Zelanda)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Agricultura
Aeropuerto de Salida:Masterton Airport (MRO/NZMS), Nueva Zelanda
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Masterton Airport (MRO/NZMS), Nueva Zelanda
Descripción:
Lodestar ZK-BMC was operating several topdressing sorties in the area of Bideford. On the morning of October 20, the plane departed at 05:15 on the first sortie of the day. The operation proceeded normally, each flight taking 17 to 18 minutes to complete. At 06:40 hours it was apparent that a front was approaching from the south. The pilot decided to carry out one more flight and departed Masterton at 07:00. The aircraft struck a hill 1,350 feet (410 m) amsl, 8 feet below the crest in drizzle and poor visibility.

Probable Cause:

OPINION: "The cause of the accident was an error of judgment on the part of the pilot in electing to continue the flight in the face of deteriorating weather conditions, during which time the aircraft struck the top of the hill, while the pilot was attempting to maintain visual flight under instrument conditions."

Fuentes:
» Report of a Civil Aircraft Accident No. 25/3/877: Accident involving Lockheed Lodestar ZK-BMC at Bideford, near Masterton, on 20 October 1957


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