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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46361
Last updated: 23 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-180
Registration: ZK-DIS
C/n / msn: 28-7305549
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Kirikau, 28 km southwest of Taumarunui -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Omaka
Destination airport:Tauranga
The aircraft had taken off at about 0900 hours from Omaka, in good weather.
The intended destination was Tauranga via Wanganui, Taumarunui, and Tokoroa.
The aircraft was later observed to be flying low in a southwesterly direction in the Wanganui River valley near Kirikau. It was then seen to make a 180-degree turn close to one side of the valley. Shortly after the reversal turn, the aircraft pitched up abruptly, rolled inverted, and dived steeply into dense bush. An intense localised fire ensued.

CAA investigator Steven Walker later stated pilot disorientation or incapacitation might have been the cause. An autopsy found enough quinine in the 81-year-old pilots system to cause temporary blindness.


1. NZ Herald - Crash pilot certified 'fit' despite doctor's warning

Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
21-Mar-2009 00:44 XLerate Updated
19-Jul-2009 23:32 angels one five Updated
27-May-2014 10:28 angels one five Updated [Registration, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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