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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46341
Last updated: 27 July 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-140
Registration: ZK-DUU
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Waipara River mouth -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Christchurch
Destination airport:Christchurch, via Kaikoura, Cape Campbell, Nelson
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
The pilot reported an engine failure and advised that he was about to ditch. The aircraft was beyond gliding distance from land at the time. Search and Rescue efforts failed to locate the occupants, who were found to have drowned after safely vacating the aircraft into rough seas. It appears that the pilot neglected to recalculate his fuel reserves after a detour due to encountering significant weather on his planned return route. He did not refuel the aircraft at the various opportunities that arose en route. It was calculated that the aircraft's fuel supply would have been exhausted at a point consistent with the time taken to fly to the ditching site.


1. NZ Herald - Pilot 'unaware fuel was running out'

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
06-Apr-2009 00:55 XLerate Updated

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