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Narrative:ZK-AXM left Rongotai aerodrome on an intended 45-minute scenic flight over the Hutt Valley and the southern Wairarapa.
Auster J/1B Aiglet
|Operator:||Wellington Aero Club.|
|C/n / msn:|| 2676|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Pirinoa, southern Wairarapa. -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Rongotai, Wellington.|
|Destination airport:||Rongotai, Wellington.|
It carried a pilot and two passengers.
Overhead Pirinoa the engine noise was heard to cease and the Auster descended to about 1,200 feet. The power was then reapplied and the Auster levelled out.
Moments later the wings were seen to flap and the plane dived into the ground.
All on board were killed by the impact.
Examination of the wreckage showed that the tail trimming upper Bowden cable had broken in flight causing the Auster to become inverted with the resulting negative loading causing fractured and bowed wing bracing struts. This in turn caused wing oscillations and the failure of both main spars.
Auster aircraft production ( http://www.auster.ukf.net/
Article in NZ Aviation News, September 2011.
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