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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65172
Last updated: 12 May 2021
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Time:c. 8:53
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-180G Challenger
Owner/operator:Wanganui Aero Club
Registration: ZK-DIT
MSN: 28-7305553
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mount Pukapuka, Hunua Range -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Wanganui
Destination airport:Ardmore
The Piper Warrior piloted by Heather Armstrong and carrying three passengers encountered low cloud, rain and poor visibility en route. The pilot made a request for assistance to Auckland radar at 8:53 am, the operator asked the pilot to turn left 45 degrees to verify the radar target, but nothing further was heard. Pig hunters discovered the wreckage three months later; the aircraft had collided with Mount Pukapuka in a level left turn at 1400 feet. The left wing struck first, the plane cart wheeled into the ridge line, and came to rest vertically with the engine buried in the ground.


1. King, John (1995). Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. pp. 126-127. ISBN 1 86934 042 6.
2. Aircraft Accident Report No. 84-026

Revision history:

24-May-2009 23:32 XLerate Added
24-Apr-2013 02:18 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
24-Apr-2013 08:19 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
05-Aug-2020 01:44 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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