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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 87734
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Date:10-JAN-1988
Time:
Type:Druine D.31 Turbulent.
Owner/operator:Mr B.N.Pilcher.
Registration: ZK-BVT
C/n / msn: PFA/437
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Waingawa Riverbed, near Masterton. -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Masterton, New Zealand
Destination airport:
Narrative:
ZK-BVT (c/n PFA/437) was the first Druine D.31 Turbulent registered in New Zealand, on 12/5/58. It was commenced by Harry Bielby and others in Auckland, but it was completed by B G Climo and John Parkin. It was then sold to G A Weir of Wanganui on 27/2/61.

As with nearly all the Turbulents it had an interesting history with several incidents that resulted in various damage and rebuilds. It was also owned by E J Weir of Oamaru from 21/4/66, J M Dillon of Blenheim from 9/9/68, E G Brister of Wellington from 12/11/70, Brian Barrett of Lower Hutt from 1/11/71, K Cropp of Masterton from 16/12/74, L Robinson of Masterton from 12/9/77 and finally Brian Pilcher of Lower Hutt from 14/6/79 (but it was still based at Masterton).

I knew its last owner Brian N Pilcher who was piloting it when it lost power and he had to put down on the Waingawa River bed, near Masterton, on 10/1/88. ZK-BVT was damaged beyond repair and the registration was cancelled 30/9/88.

Sources:

1. http://archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewEntity.do?code=7333
2. http://nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/2010/04/druine-turbulents-of-new-zealand-1.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Jan-2011 14:00 ASN archive
10-Jun-2011 18:49 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Damage, Narrative]
24-May-2014 21:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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