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Last updated: 31 July 2021
Date:Sunday 13 May 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar
Operator:Union Airways
Registration: ZK-AHU
MSN: 18-2490
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Auckland-Mangere Aerodrome (AKL) (   New Zealand)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Auckland-Mangere Aerodrome (AKL/NZAA), New Zealand
Destination airport:?
The aircraft was stolen from the hangar by a 19 year old apprentice aircraft engineer who had been turned down for pilot training by the RNZAF.
Although he knew enough to get the aircraft started and take off, he mistook the throttle for the undercarriage lever and the aircraft veered into a line of trees and caught fire.

Loss of control

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photo of Lockheed-18-56-23-Lodestar-ZK-AHU
accident date: 13-05-1945
type: Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar
registration: ZK-AHU
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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