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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46446
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Date:11-FEB-1998
Time:c. 20:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172I
Owner/operator:
Registration: ZK-CXD
C/n / msn: 17256521
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:13 nm WNW of Takaka -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
It was the pilot's intention to fly his aircraft to Karamea from his farm airstrip at Puponga in order to collect two friends who had completed tramping the Heaphy Track. About 40 minutes before the accident, the aircraft was seen to take off from the airstrip then land again. After a few minutes, it took off again and headed towards the southwest.

Several witnesses then saw the aircraft heading along the normal track towards Karamea. A short while later, there was an explosion and fireball in the hills to the southeast of the Paturau River. A search by helicopter confirmed that the aircraft had flown into a rocky bluff just a few metres below the top and burned. It was established that only the pilot was on board and that he had been killed instantly by the severe impact.

The investigator stated his belief that the impact was not due to any deliberate action, and that the fading light and the bluff blending into the background may have contributed to the crash. The cause of the accident could not be positively determined.

Sources:

Register New Zealand
Aircraft Accident Report No.98/247


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
21-Mar-2016 16:05 beaverspotter Updated [Cn, Source]
10-Jan-2017 21:29 angels one five Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
10-Jan-2017 21:32 angels one five Updated [Time]

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