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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 215210
Last updated: 15 June 2021
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Time:09:12 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PNR3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Alpi Aviation Pioneer 300
Registration: ZK-TNB
MSN: 74
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Eastern slope of the Taringatura Hills, Southland -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Alexandra Airport (ALR/NZLX)
Destination airport:Private airstrip near Opio, Southland
ZK-TNB departed from Alexandra aerodrome on a flight to a private airstrip in tandem with another aircraft at 08:36 LT on 08/09/2018. The purpose of the flight was to join a group of microlight enthusiasts for a Ďgroup fly-iní to Stewart Island later that morning.

Flight data indicated that ZK-TNB struck terrain at approximately 0912 hours.

Following an investigation by the CAA, it was determined the accident occurred due to controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) in poor weather conditions below the required VFR minima. It was likely that a combination of confirmation and expectation bias influenced the pilotís belief that he was following the route the other pilots had taken. The pilot descended below 500 ft AGL and entered weather conditions below the required VFR meteorological minima. The pilot did not adequately meet the standard expected for flight planning, including obtaining weather information, prior to the flight. The pilot was not instrument-rated nor was the aircraft equipped for flight into IMC.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 3 months
Download report: Final report


Raglan 2Nov2013

Revision history:

08-Sep-2018 08:57 gerard57 Added
08-Sep-2018 20:06 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative, Plane category]
09-Sep-2018 23:34 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
10-Sep-2018 09:10 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
10-Sep-2018 09:13 angels one five Updated [Source]
11-Sep-2018 04:21 flyernzl Updated [Photo]
29-Dec-2020 08:45 CANCES Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Dec-2020 08:46 harro Updated [Accident report]

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