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Last updated: 5 August 2020
Date:Monday 29 January 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Operator:Sounds Air
Registration: ZK-SFA
C/n / msn: 20800051
First flight: 1985
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:18 km (11.3 mls) NE of Blenheim (   New Zealand)
Crash site elevation: 430 m (1411 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Wellington International Airport (WLG/NZWN), New Zealand
Destination airport:Picton-Koromiko Airport (PCN/NZOK), New Zealand
The Cessna departed Wellington (WLG) for a VFR flight at 2000 feet to Koromiko (PCN). While descending for Koromiko Airport the aircraft entered an area of clouds and flew into the heavily wooded eastern slope of Mount Robertson at 1400 feet (430 m) amsl.

Probable Cause:

Causal factors identified were: descent under a cloud layer; misidentification of terrain features; loss of "positional awareness"; insufficient forward visibility; the high speed of the aircraft; and the pilot's decision making.


Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» TAIC Investigation 96-006

Follow-up / safety actions

TAIC issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Cessna-208-Caravan-I-ZK-SFA
accident date: 29-01-1996
type: Cessna 208 Caravan I
registration: ZK-SFA

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 Wellington International Airport to Picton-Koromiko Airport as the crow flies is 71 km (44 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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