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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 62626
Last updated: 6 June 2021
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Time:c. 07:55 .
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-160F Apache
Owner/operator:Aztec Air, Christchurch
Registration: ZK-BYB
MSN: 23-1828
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mount Patutu, near Kaikoura -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:NZCH
Destination airport:NZWN
Pilot B.W. Boyd-Clark and his four passengers were killed when the aircraft collided with a cloud-covered ridge in the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges while on a flight from Christchurch to Wellington.

The aircraft was flying on a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight plan at an altitude of 3,500 feet. Conditions on the route were cloudy and it appears that the aircraft entered cloud and the pilot, who was not instrument flight rated but had some limited training in flying an aircraft on instruments, initiated a descent in order to maintain flight in Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC). In the course of this descent the aircraft collided with a ridge on the side of Mount Patutu at about 2,600 feet AMSL. The Apache was destroyed by the impact. Fire did not occur.

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Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
22-Dec-2010 05:59 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Damage, Narrative]
24-Nov-2011 13:30 G.d. Updated [Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport]
08-May-2017 23:53 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-May-2017 02:31 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Narrative]
31-May-2018 05:53 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type]
31-May-2018 07:04 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type]
08-Aug-2020 03:36 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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