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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44636
Last updated: 2 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200T
Owner/operator:Flight Corporation
Registration: ZK-JAN
C/n / msn: 34-8070027
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mount Egmont / Taranaki -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:New Plymouth
Destination airport:
On Tuesday 30 November 2004, ZK-JAN, a Piper PA34-200T Seneca II, was on an air transport charter flight returning to Nelson from New Plymouth with the pilot and one passenger on board. After departing New Plymouth and obtaining approval to operate up to8500 feet under visual flight rules, the aircraft struck Mount Taranaki / Egmont about 150 feet below the summit. The 2 occupants were killed on impact and the aircraft was destroyed. The probable cause of the accident was the pilot unknowingly losing visual reference with the mountain. The pilot may have entered cloud as he flew south, or been unable to distinguish the snow and ice covered summit against a cloud background, or the nose of the aircraft could have obscured his view of the summit as he approached directly towards it.


Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 108/05 issued 28 October 2005 by TAIC to CAA NZ

Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
25-May-2018 02:22 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
27-Feb-2019 21:39 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn]

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