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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 63263
Last updated: 5 September 2021
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Time:c. 1810
Type:Silhouette image of generic C180 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 180
Owner/operator:Rent-a-Plane Services (NZ) Ltd
Registration: ZK-BMT
MSN: 30525
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nuttall's Farm, Te Akau South, Raglan County -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Wellington, NZWN
Destination airport:Whenuapai, NZWP
The Cessna was on a VFR flight from Wellington to Whenuapai, with a brief stop at New Plymouth.
Departure from Wellington was at 1608.

At 1635 Auckland Air Traffic Control advised the pilot, via Ohakea Control, of bad weather in the middle of the North Island and that two VFR aircraft had been forced to return to Auckland.
The pilot then cancelled the landing at New Plymouth.

At 1703 the pilot radioed that he was 12 miles northeast of the Waverley NDB at 3,000 feet, and was proceeding direct to Whenuapai.
At 1757 the pilot gave a position report saying that the aircraft was 5 miles west of Raglan at 1,500 feet and his ETA at Whenuapai was 1828.
Nothing further was heard from ZK-BMT.

At about 1810 two witnesses at Te Akau South heard an aircraft pass overhead. They were unable to see it as cloud obscured the local slopes down to about 300 feet AMSL.
The witnesses then heard a loud crash, followed by a roaring noise from an engine, and then another crash.
ZK-BMT had collided with the crest of a cloud-covered ridge at an estimated speed of 130 m.p.h. and burst into flames. The pilot was killed and the aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire.

The accident investigator's opinion was that, " The accident was caused by the pilot's imprudent decision to continue a flight ( rather than abandon it for an alternate aerodrome ) by entering weather conditions incompatible with VFR with the result the aircraft flew off course and collided with a ridge totally obscured by cloud. "
Vincent Roy Draffin.

Report No. 25/3/1184 issued by the Accident Investigation Branch, Air Department, Wellington.

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

18 Sep 1961 ZK-BMT Whenuapai w/o

Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
22-May-2011 20:59 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
15-May-2013 19:21 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
01-Jul-2014 23:40 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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