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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 63537
Last updated: 4 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-18A-150
Owner/operator:Airwork (NZ) Ltd
Registration: ZK-BFV
C/n / msn: 18-4135
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Forrester property, Karetu Downs, nr Hawarden, North Canterbury -   New Zealand
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Farm airstrip.
Destination airport:
Pilot Charles Andrew Bailey.

At the first turn after take off on a sowing sortie the Piper was seen to pull up into a very steep climbing turn to the left. Witnesses said the aircraft was climbing almost vertically when it banked to the left to commence the turn.
It then flicked into a RH spin at about 250 feet AGL, crashed and burned.
The weather was fine with a light and variable wind and was considered not to be a factor.
The plane was 83 pounds over the max. permitted weight but the CG was within limits.
The pilot was known for his exuberant flying technique and favoured steep climbing turns and stall turns during sowing operations.
It was thought that piling of the superphosphate load to the rear wall of the hopper as the result of the steep climbing attitude may have contributed to the stall.

ZK-BFV was later rebuilt as a 3-seater Super Cub and restored to the Register.

Air Accident Report No. 25/3/912 concludes :
"25. The accident was caused by the operation of the aircraft beyond the limits of its performance."



Photo of ZK-BFV courtesy

Not known
1955; (c) Ed Coates Collection / CAHS

Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
05-Jun-2011 17:21 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Damage, Narrative]
17-Apr-2013 06:04 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Narrative]

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