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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46212
Last updated: 18 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:Christian Aviation.
Registration: ZK-FMW
C/n / msn: 34-8070181
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mount Tauhara -   New Zealand
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Kerikeri
Destination airport:Taupo
On Wednesday 2 February 2005, ZK-FMW, a Piper PA34-200T Seneca, was on an air transport charter flight from Ardmore to Taupo with a pilot and 2 passengers on board. During the instrument approach to Taupo Aerodrome the aircraft deviated left of the published final approach track and at 1154 struck Mount Tauhara, 8 km from the aerodrome. The 3 occupants were killed on impact and the aircraft was destroyed. No obvious cause for the accident could be determined. Autopsy reports showed the pilot had consumed cannabis, probably between 12 and 24 hours before the accident. While cannabis can adversely affect a person's ability to operate an aircraft, its effects can vary greatly in individuals, so this could not be conclusively identified as a cause of this accident.


Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 095/05 issued 4 January 2006 by TAIC to CAA NZ
Safety recommendation 096/05 issued 4 January 2006 by TAIC to CAA NZ

Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
27-Feb-2019 21:47 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn]

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