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Last updated: 17 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172P
Registration: ZK-EWH
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Bare Peak, Te Anau -   New Zealand
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On the morning of Friday, 9 January 1998, the pilot flew Cessna 172 ZK-EWH from Queenstown to Te Anau. The aircraft took off for the return flight, with two passengers, at about 0830 hours but did not arrive at Queenstown. Emergency location transmittersignals led to the discovery of the wreckage later in the morning. The aircraft had struck a beech-forested slope in a steeply banked attitude at an elevation of about 3300 feet, some 200 feet below a saddle between two tussock covered peaks. A cold unstable southwesterly flow, including vigorous cumulonimbus activity and snow showers, was affecting the area at the time of the accident. The remoteness of the site and the absence of any witnesses or survivor information, precluded the finding of a conclusive reason for the accident. The available evidence suggested, however, that as a result of severely reduced visibility, due to heavy rain, snow, or low cloud, the pilot may have inadvertently approached the forested slope, attempted an evasive manoeuvre, and collided with the trees.


Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 071/98 issued 12 August 1998 by TAIC to CAA NZ
Safety recommendation 072/98 issued 12 August 1998 by TAIC to Waterwings Airways
Safety recommendation 073/98 issued 12 August 1998 by TAIC to Waterwings Airways
Safety recommendation 086/98 issued 12 August 1998 by TAIC to CAA NZ

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04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added

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