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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 190719
Last updated: 26 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic T51 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Titan T-51D
Owner/operator:Matamata Aviation Ltd
Registration: ZK-SMF
C/n / msn: M05XXX50HK0057
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Matamata Airport (NZMA), Waharoa, Waikato, NI -   New Zealand
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Matamata Airport
Destination airport:Matamata Airport
The aircraft impacted the terrain at Matamata Aerodrome (MTA/NZMA) in the North Island. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the sole pilot on board received fatal injuries.

The Titan T-51D had reached a height of about 250 feet after taking off on a local flight when the engine failed. The aircraft descended steeply and crashed about 40 metres from the end of the runway.

The CAA investigation found that the positioning of the pilot's shoulder harness attachment on the seat frame caused the frame to fail under load, allowing the pilot to strike the instrument panel and control stick with his upper body.

The investigators considered that the accident forces imposed by the ground impact were survivable.

Sources: 'registration source'

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

18-Oct-2016 00:15 Geno Added
18-Oct-2016 01:04 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Country, Source, Narrative]
18-Oct-2016 01:08 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]
18-Oct-2016 01:20 angels one five Updated [Registration, Source]
18-Oct-2016 05:10 Geno Updated [Cn, Operator, Source]
03-Mar-2020 21:26 angels one five Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
19-May-2020 06:42 JMW69 Updated [Source]
19-May-2020 06:43 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]