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Crash of a Pacific Aerospace PAC 750XL in Taupo Lake

Date & Time: Jan 7, 2015 at 1215 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-SDT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Taupo - Taupo
MSN:
122
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
12
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While cruising at a height of some 5,000 feet, the pilot encountered problems with the engine. The 12 skydivers and the pilot abandoned the aircraft and bailed out. All 13 occupants were safe while the aircraft crashed into the Taupo Lake and was destroyed.

Crash of a PAC Fletcher FU-24 in Raglan

Date & Time: Jan 31, 2008 at 0630 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-JNX
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
275
YOM:
1980
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

Shortly ater takeoff from a remote terrain near Ragland, pilot lost control of his aircraft which hit a fence and came to rest in flames. Pilot was rescued while the aircraft was destroyed by fire.

Crash of a Beechcraft Queen Air 80 in Hamilton, New Zealand: 6 killed

Date & Time: Mar 29, 1995 at 1225 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
ZK-TIK
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Hamilton-New Plymouth
MSN:
LD-249
YOM:
1965
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6

Crash of a Fletcher FU-24-950M in Wairakei: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 12, 1987
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-CWQ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
64
YOM:
1960
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in Wairakei. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.

Crash of a Fletcher FU-24-950M in Okoroire: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 12, 1984 at 1125 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-BIK
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Okoroire - Okoroire
MSN:
38
YOM:
1957
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The aircraft was engaged in an aerial topdressing operation on a farm near Matamata, sowing a mixture of superphosphate and lime along with some other ingredients. After about two hours of normal operations a break was taken while the farm fertilizer bin was replenished from a truck. This was taken as an opportunity to refuel the aircraft. After the truck had departed the aircraft was loaded with 22 hundredweight ( cwt ) of fertilizer mixture and the 14th flight of the day was commenced. The loader driver lost sight of the plane after it took off and was reloading for the next sortie when he noticed that the fertilizer truck had stopped halfway down the farm road. The truck driver came running back to say that the plane had crashed. The aircraft was found on the side of a gully about 250 metres from the end of the airstrip. It was completely wrecked but there was no fire. This was not a survivable accident. The pilot was killed instantly. Evidence showed that the plane had failed to attain takeoff speed and had lifted off briefly then settled back, striking the rear fuselage heavily against the ground and then running through the fence at the end of the strip in a nose high attitude. It became airborne again colliding with a tree while in a 90-degree bank to the right and dived steeply into the gully. The weather was partly cloudy with a northerly wind of 3 to 5 knots. The visibility was good. Weather does not seem to be a factor.
Probable cause:
The investigator found that the aircraft was grossly overloaded and that the C of G was 28 mm beyond the aft limit. This overloading was believed to be due to approx. 200 kg (3.92 cwt) of fertilizer remaining in the hopper from previous flights and the fact that the weighing equipment on the loader was under-reading. When both pilot and loader driver believed that there was 22 cwt aboard there was actually an estimated hopper load of 27.68 cwt.

Crash of a Fletcher FU24-950M in Pukeatua: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 29, 1982 at 0943 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-BIO
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
42
YOM:
1957
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The aircraft took off on its 13th sowing flight of the morning and headed for the sowing area, about 2 minutes flying time away. It was observed by a farmer working some 1.5 km away from the accident site to make its usual pattern of sowing runs for that morning, that is an initial northerly run over the sowing area during which the major portion of the fertilizer load was dispensed, followed by a RH reversal turn to sow the balance of the load. On this last flight however the witness thought that the northerly run was started further north than the previous ones and the reversal turn was preceded by a steeper climb than usual. The witness then saw the plane descending sharply until it passed from his sight behind intervening terrain. This witness heard the impact. The aircraft was found wrecked by another witness who heard a plane pass right overhead his house, followed by the cessation of engine noise and then the sound of the crash. This witness and another person were able to get to the crash site in just a minute or two and found the plane upright and on its belly but wrecked. There was no fire. The pilot was found still strapped in his seat and unconscious. He had incurred serious head and facial injuries from which he died next day. A pathologist's opinion was that the injuries were fatal. Ground evidence showed that the Fletcher had struck with its right wing a power pole on the boundary of the paddock being sown while descending in a right bank, before pivoting and hitting the ground in a yaw to the right, and in a nose down attitude.
Source: ASN
Probable cause:
It was concluded that the most probable cause of this accident was that the pilot had misjudged his speed and altitude when approaching the top of a reversal turn at the end of a sowing run. There was no evidence of engine or structural failure prior to the impact with the power pole. The cessation of engine noise would be attributable to the pilot throttling right back when it appeared that he was in danger of crashing. The weather was cloudy with almost no breeze. The visibility was normal. Weather was not a factor.

Crash of a PAC Cresco 08-600 in Maramarua

Date & Time: Dec 10, 1979
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-LTP
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
001
YOM:
1979
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, was completing a test flight on this first PAC Cresco 08-600 prototype. En route, the pilot lost control of the airplane after the tail detached. The single engine airplane entered a dive and while the pilot was able to parachute to safety, the airplane crashed and was destroyed.
Probable cause:
Structural failure of the tail in flight.

Crash of a Fletcher FU-24-950M in Horohoro: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 14, 1979 at 1140 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-CPN
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Horohoro - Horohoro
MSN:
4
YOM:
1954
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot commenced work that day at 07:30, flying to an airstrip from where topdressing operations were to be carried out. At about 08:30 he took off on a survey flight accompanied by the lessee of the property. The passenger pointed out to the pilot the location of a 220 kilovolt power transmission line consisting of six conductor wires that ran above the eastern section of the farm, the area to be topdressed. The pilot then used the airstrip to finish a sowing operation on another farm. On the completion of that task the pilot turned his attention to topdressing the area he had surveyed some three hours earlier. With the aircraft refueled he took off to make his first runs. ZK-CPN did not return from this flight. Two men working on a fence line saw the aircraft approaching from the direction of the airstrip. It passed out of their sight behind a large knoll, but they could tell from the sound of the motor that it was making sowing runs. The Fletcher then came back into view banking steeply and turning right. The men saw " something white " fall from the plane just before it dived into the ground. Rushing to the crash scene they found the wreckage of ZK-CPN lying upside down in a creek. Fire had not broken out.There was no sign of life. The pair set off at once to get assistance.The investigation showed that 1.4 meters of the outboard section of the right wing had been severed from the airframe by one of the lower conductor wires of the high voltage transmission line that ran above the sowing area. Evidence of impact by an aircraft was found on the wire. The RH aileron balance was found some distance away from the severed wing section and had been separated by impact with the wire as well. The aircraft had rolled uncontrollably to the right and dived, crashing inverted and in a near-vertical attitude. This was not a survivable accident. The flying weather at the time was fine with only high cloud. The visibility was estimated as 30 km.
Probable cause:
The investigator found that the probable cause of this accident was that damage sustained when the aircraft collided with a power conductor wire deprived the pilot of control of the aircraft.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain in Whitianga: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 2, 1974
Registration:
N54357
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Whitianga - Auckland
MSN:
31-7405248
YOM:
1974
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Whitianga Aerodrome, while in initial climb, the twin engine airplane went out of control, stalled and crashed near the Whitianga beach. The aircraft was destroyed and both occupants were killed. They were completing a delivery flight to Auckland when the accident occurred.
Probable cause:
The pilot was unable to cope with an in-flight emergency initiated by a power plant malfunction and compounded by poor weather conditions, as a consequence of which the aircraft stalled and the pilot lost control at too low an altitude to effect recovery. Autopsy of the pilot revealed acute interstitial myocarditis conducive toward destruction of the cardiac muscle fibers. It is a silent disease prone to cause irregularities in cardiac rhythm, fainting, and occasionally sudden death. The possibility that the pilot had become physically incapacitated to some degree could not be entirely discounted.