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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 62629
Last updated: 18 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150D
Owner/operator:Otago Aero Club
Registration: ZK-CGI
C/n / msn: 15060711
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Lake Duncan, Fiordland -   New Zealand
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:NZTI
Destination airport:Lake Duncan
19year old student pilot Robert Bakhuis stole the aircraft from Otago Aeroclub's hanger in the early hours of February 3rd, 1970. Over a two and a-half hour period there were sightings of the aircraft as Bakhuis headed southwest on a erratic course before ditching the aircraft intentionally into Lake Duncan, Fiordland and going into self exile in an attempt to avoid previous charges imposed by Dunedin Magistrate's Court relating to unlawfully taking vehicles and theft. Subsequently after two years in hiding Bakhuis turned himself in to the police and advised the location of the submerged aircraft which was eventually salvaged and restored to a flyable condition. The Cessna is now on display at the Classic Flyers Museum in Tauranga, New Zealand


1. Civil Air Accident Files, Archives New Zealand
2. King, John (1995). Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. p. 120. ISBN 1 86934 042 6.

Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
23-May-2009 21:50 XLerate Updated
02-Mar-2020 06:54 CANCES Updated [Date, Time, Cn, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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