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Gisborne District Council

Crash of a Pacific Aerospace Falcon 3000XL near Tiniroto: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 12, 2016 at 0900 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-JPU
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
117
YOM:
2004
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
While flying at low height northwest of Tiniroto, the single engine airplane hit power cables and crashed in a wooded area. Both occupants were killed. Power between Wairoa and Gisborne was cut. The aircraft was a PAC750XL model built in 2004, modified in 2011 and renamed Pacific Aerospace Falcon 3000XL.

Crash of a Fletcher FU-24-950M in Gisborne

Date & Time: May 10, 1985
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-BVU
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
10
YOM:
1954
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances. The pilot, sole on board, was injured.

Crash of a Fletcher FU24-II in Waiomatatini: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 1, 1974 at 1430 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-CZC
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Waiomatatini - Waiomatatini
MSN:
153
YOM:
1969
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The airplane took off on the 64th sortie of the day. The loader driver saw the aircraft make a topdressing run along the side of a ridge facing the airstrip. Moments later he saw a cloud of superphosphate dust rising from behind the same ridge. Noticing that the plane's engine noise had ceased the driver ran several hundred yards and found the aircraft had crashed and the pilot appeared to be dead. The Fletcher had been destroyed by impact forces. Fire did not occur. This was not a survivable accident. The position of the accident indicated that the pilot was making a " cleaning up " run across the end of the ridge and while turning steeply to the left through about 270° had the port wing tip strike a spur running off the ridge. The plane pivoted about its wing tip, with the nose impacting the slope heavily and the engine separating from the airframe. The aircraft then dropped about 15 metres in a level attitude into a hollow beyond the spur while travelling backward and coming to rest in a few metres.
Probable cause:
The pilot, comparatively inexperienced in agricultural flying operations, misjudged the turning radius of his aircraft which during a steep turn collided with a hillside. Examination of the wreck showed no pre-impact defects or failures. The engine was delivering power at the time of impact. The flying conditions were good with only a light breeze and no low cloud to affect the operation.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver in Te Karaka: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 6, 1972 at 1455 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-CZO
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Te Karaka - Gisborne
MSN:
1533
YOM:
1963
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
20000
Circumstances:
After completing a topdressing mission in the Te Karaka area, the pilot was flying back to his base in Gisborne. En route, the single engine airplane turn steeply to the right then entered a dive and crashed by a wooded area. The aircraft was totally destroyed and the pilot, sole on board, was killed.
Probable cause:
An examination of the wreck revealed nothing that could have caused the pilot Alex Williams to lose control of the aircraft. It was concluded that the pilot had been suddenly incapacitated while in flight. A post mortem examination showed three separate medical conditions, which had they been known about by the Civil Aviation medical authorities, could have resulted in the pilot being assessed as unfit for flying duties.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver in Gisborne

Date & Time: Apr 14, 1969
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-BFN
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Gisborne - Gisborne
MSN:
564
YOM:
1953
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was involved in a local test flight after the airplane has been rebuilt following another accident. After takeoff, the airplane went out of control and crashed by the runway. Both occupants were seriously injured and the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the ailerons control cables were improperly installed.

Crash of a Fletcher FU-24 in Tolaga Bay

Date & Time: Nov 11, 1965
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-CLJ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
2
YOM:
1954
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances while conducting a crop spraying mission. The aircraft was written off and the pilot was injured.