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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 near Matawai

Date & Time: Sep 20, 2003 at 1015 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-BDS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Motu - Opotiki
MSN:
001
YOM:
1954
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed during bad weather. Andrew Wilde was flying and George Muir was a passenger. While enroute from Motu - Opotiki the gully became un-negotiable, so Andrew decided to return to Motu by flying a reciprocal course low level, depicted by arrows on his hand held marine GPS. During the return trip to Motahora up the Otara river valley, he found that the cloud base had lowered even further than when he entered the valley 6 minutes prior & he became fully reliant on that little GPS. The GPS became our enemy & lured Andrew into the cloud base, which ended our flight abruptly.
Testimony from George Muir, loader driver and passenger during this flight.

Crash of a PAC Cresco 08-600 near Gisborne: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 14, 2001 at 1145 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-TMO
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
012
YOM:
1996
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
7300
Captain / Total hours on type:
261.00
Aircraft flight hours:
5466
Aircraft flight cycles:
65887
Circumstances:
On 13 June 2001, Cresco ZK-TMO arrived at Te Aroha Station, 25 km west of Gisborne, to carry out topdressing of that property. Before operations started, the property owner briefed the pilot, and two observation flights over the areas to be sown were made. The owner also cautioned the pilot against turning left after take-off from the airstrip. Spreading commenced at 1600 hours, and 14 flights with 1800 kg loads were completed that day. The loader driver reported that no difficulties were experienced during those operations. Spreading recommenced at 0720 hours on 14 June 2001, again with 1800 kg loads, in an area to the left (east) of the airstrip. On the third flight after a refuel later in the morning, the loader driver noticed that the pilot made a partial load jettison after take-off; this resulted in a reduced duration of that sortie. However, on return, the pilot did not indicate to the loader driver that he required a reduced load. About 1145 hours, the aircraft was reloaded and commenced take-off. The loader driver watched about half the take-off roll, then continued preparing for the next load. He did not sight the aircraft again before a pall of black smoke attracted his attention. After making a radio call to the aircraft and hearing no response, the loader driver ran towards the smoke, which was to the left of and below the elevated strip. On reaching the site he found the aircraft inverted in a small stream and burning fiercely. The loader driver could see the pilot inside the aircraft but he and the property owner were unable to reach him because of the intense heat of the fire. The accident occurred in daylight, at approximately 1145 hours NZST, at Te Aroha Station; latitude S 38° 38.0' longitude E 177° 41.8', at an elevation of approximately 770 feet.
Probable cause:
The following findings were identified:
- The pilot was appropriately licensed, rated and fit for the flights being undertaken.
- The aircraft had a valid airworthiness certificate and had been maintained in accordance with current requirements.
- No pre-accident defect was found with the aircraft.
- The pilot had turned left after take-off from the strip, against the advice of the property owner.
- The advice was given in light of a previous accident in virtually identical circumstances.
- There was insufficient space available after take-off for the aeroplane to accelerate to a speed at which the bank angle necessary to clear the terrain could be sustained in level flight or a climb.
- The accident was not survivable.
Final Report:

Crash of a Fletcher FU-24-954 in Rongoio Station: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 1, 1995 at 1020 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-EUG
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Rongoio Station - Rongoio Station
MSN:
284
YOM:
1982
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
10000
Captain / Total hours on type:
8500.00
Circumstances:
The pilot was completing spraying mission in the region of Rongoio Station, about 18 nm north of Wairoa. In flight, control was lost and the aircraft crashed, bursting into flames. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.
Probable cause:
The following findings were reported:
- The pilot suffered an acute myocardial infarction while in flight,
- The effects of the myocardial infarction probably led initially to loss of situational awareness and loss of control of the aircraft,
- The pilot may have realised at a late stage that a collision with the ground was imminent, but was unable to recover from the situation in time to avoid it.
Final Report:

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.