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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59533
Last updated: 13 February 2021
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Time:c. 1559 l/t
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-161
Owner/operator:Massey University School of Aviation
Registration: ZK-MBI
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Urewera National Park -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:GIS
Destination airport:PMR
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
The student pilot and aircraft disappeared returning to Palmerston North from Gisborne during a cross-country trip. The last communication from the aircraft was an acknowledgement of clearance to pass through the Napier Terminal Control Area just after 3.30 pm. Aerial and costal searches failed to find any sign of the aircraft. Hunters discovered the wreckage near the top of a ravine on 8 April 2001, spread over 30 sq m. The TAIC investigation concluded the crash was probably controlled flight into terrain, and could not readily explain the large deviation from the planned track from Gisborne to Napier.
Crash location was in the Huiarau Range, north of Lake Waikaremoana, at an elevation of 3,500 feet.


1. TAIC Investigation 95-008
2. NZ Herald - Plane wreck's location baffles expert
3. TAIC Investigation 95-008 Addendum

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

13-Apr-2009 01:43 XLerate Added
13-Apr-2009 16:58 XLerate Updated
15-May-2018 13:34 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]
19-May-2018 03:52 Ron Averes Updated [Operator]

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