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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 60115
Last updated: 20 April 2021
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Time:c. 8
Type:Silhouette image of generic C185 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 185C skiplane
Owner/operator:Mount Cook Group Ltd
Registration: ZK-CHJ
C/n / msn: 1850756
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tasman Glacier -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Mount Cook village
Destination airport:Tasman Glacier
The skiplane was delivering four skiers plus a guide to the upper Tasman Glacier. It was slightly above maximum takeoff weight, and conditions were strong winds at higher altitudes. It crashed into the glacier, killing two passengers, and seriously injuring the pilot and other three passengers, one of whom died a short time later. The investigation concluded the aircraft had either stalled in turbulence or carried down close to the surface by a downdraught.


1. King, John (1995). Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. pp. 108-109. ISBN 1 86934 042 6.
2. Aircraft Accident Report No. 84-084, Office of Air Accidents Investigation

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

4 Aug 1968 ZK-CHJ Mount Cook Air Services Ltd Murchison Glacier unk
9 Jan 1974 ZK-CHJ Mount Cook Air Services Ltd Mount Cook unk
22 Dec 1974 ZK-CHJ Mount Cook Air Services Ltd Mount Cook unk
3 Oct 1979 ZK-CHJ Mount Cook Group Ltd Tasman Saddle unk

Revision history:

18-May-2009 03:25 XLerate Added
31-Jul-2020 04:39 Ron Averes Updated [Time, Operator]
02-Aug-2020 22:19 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Damage]

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