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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46213
Last updated: 11 August 2020
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Date:29-JAN-2005
Time:11:49
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172N
Owner/operator:Scott Air Ltd
Registration: ZK-LLB
C/n / msn: 17272157
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gibbston Valley, Otago -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:Queenstown
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On Saturday 29 January 2005, at 1149, Scott Air Cessna 172 ZK-LLB was on a Police cannabis plantation spotting operation from Queenstown, when it collided with the valley side in Doolans Creek, Gibbston Valley, and was destroyed.
While circling in a confined mountainous valley the aircraft briefly descended to a low altitude which did not conserve adequate manoeuvring margins from the valley sides. A further more rapid descent led to the aircraft colliding with the valley side in controlled flight. The cause of this further descent was not determined.
Pilot Chris Scott and spotter Detective Travis Hughes both died in the crash. RIP.

Sources:

1. www.taic.org.nz/sites/default/files/inquiry/documents/05-002.pdf
2. www.3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2013/07/scott-air.html
3. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/list_of_New_Zealand_police_officers_killed_in_the_line_of_duty


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
11-Aug-2020 02:17 Ron Averes Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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