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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 62590
Last updated: 11 May 2021
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Time:c. 1430
Type:Silhouette image of generic C188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna A188
Owner/operator:Midland Aviation (1963) Ltd
Registration: ZK-COP
MSN: 188-056
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Upper Tutaenui, 8.5 miles N. of Marton -   New Zealand
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Farm airstrip
Destination airport:
The Cessna A188 took off from a farm airstrip on a routine superphosphate sowing run, on a hot February day.

After crossing the departure end of the strip the plane lost height and descended into a deep gully that ran at about right angles to the take off direction. It struck the ground on a 7 degree upslope, about 175 yards beyond the strip boundary, and ran through a fence and tipped over, coming to rest inverted.
The aircraft caught fire and was destroyed and the pilot was killed.

The accident investigator concluded that the probable cause of the accident " was a sudden loss of lift arising from an unexpected change in wind conditions encountered at a critical airspeed immediately after take off and which resulted in the aircraft striking the ground."

Barry Charles Sait.


Air Accident Report No. 2100.

Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
22-May-2011 22:04 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
29-Dec-2011 22:50 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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