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Last updated: 19 April 2019
Date:Monday 25 October 1993
Type:Silhouette image of generic NOMA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
GAF Nomad N.22
Operator:Hibiscus Air
Registration: ZK-NOM
C/n / msn: 4
First flight: 1975
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Franz Josef Glacier (   New Zealand)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mount Cook-Glentanner Airport (GTN/NZGT), New Zealand
Destination airport:Queenstown-Frankton Airport (ZQN/NZQN), New Zealand
The aircraft had been chartered to fly a German group to a number of tourist destinations in New Zealand. It had departed from Glentanner on a VFR flight to Queenstown. The flight was to include scenic flying in the Mount Cook region. A "taxiing" call was received at 11:53 hours but later attempts by Christchurch Flight Information to communicate with the aircraft were unsuccessful. The wreckage was sighted during the afternoon in a severely crevassed and pinnacled area of Franz Josef Glacier, at an elevation of 4500 feet (1370 m) amsl.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Scramble 174
» TAIC Investigation 93-014

Follow-up / safety actions

TAIC issued 5 Safety Recommendations

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photo of GAF-Nomad-N-22-VH-AUH
VH-AUH was briefly leased to Air Sea Service until being sold to New Zealand in April 1981. Hibiscus Air bought the plane in December 1992.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Mount Cook-Glentanner Airport to Queenstown-Frankton Airport as the crow flies is 165 km (103 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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