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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 63150
Last updated: 14 May 2019
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Date:19-JAN-1963
Time:12:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic FU24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fletcher FU24
Owner/operator:James Aviation Ltd, Hamilton
Registration: ZK-BOK
C/n / msn: 63
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: R.J. Cook property, Naike, Raglan County -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:Farm airstrip
Destination airport:
Narrative:
An experienced ( 1,847 flying hours ) ag.pilot, Clement Alan O'Neil, 23, was killed in this aerial topdressing accident.
R.I.P.

The deceased pilot was engaged in sowing operations throughout the morning.
On his last run the flow of superphosphate was seen to cease at the appropriate point, but a couple of seconds later the remainder of the load was jettisoned. Almost immediately the aircraft entered a left-hand turn, striking the tops of some sapling pine trees. The plane then lost height, passed through a fence, and after crossing a narrow gully collided with a steep slope. The Fletcher caught fire and the pilot lost his life.

The flying weather was good with a light westerly wind which increased to 10-15 mph not long before the accident, and with a change to a northerly direction. The pilot of another aircraft some 5 miles away reported the onset of turbulence in his area from about midday.

The air accident investigator's report concluded : " The accident resulted from a collision with the ground which, for reasons undetermined, the pilot was unable to avoid. "




Sources:

http://archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewEntity.do?code=7333
Report of a Civil Aircraft Accident No. 25/3/1294.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
22-Apr-2011 12:05 TB Updated [Cn, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Nature, Damage, Narrative]
18-Dec-2016 06:10 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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