Accident Auster J/1B Aiglet ZK-AXM,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18264
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Date:Friday 13 January 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic J1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Auster J/1B Aiglet
Owner/operator:Wellington Aero Club
Registration: ZK-AXM
MSN: 2676
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Pirinoa, Wairarapa -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Rongotai, Wellington
Destination airport:Rongotai, Wellington
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
ZK-AXM left Rongotai aerodrome on an intended 45-minute scenic flight over the Hutt Valley and the southern Wairarapa. It carried a pilot and two passengers.

At 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 ( )
Article in NZ Aviation News, September 2011

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
02-Sep-2011 19:17 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
07-Oct-2013 05:30 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
30-Jan-2014 20:08 TB Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
21-May-2018 06:13 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
23-Sep-2021 21:34 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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