Incident Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six ZK-EKS,
ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 191116
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:Tuesday 20 January 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six
Registration: ZK-EKS
MSN: 32-7300018
Year of manufacture:1972
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Ashburton Aerodrome, Canterbury -   New Zealand
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Ashburton Aerodrome
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: TAIC
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On the afternoon of Tuesday 20 January 1998 the pilot/owner of ZK-EKS was completing pre-take-off checks at Ashburton Aerodrome, at the commencement of a flight to West Melton Aerodrome, when he became aware of an unusual smell similar to exhaust fumes. He shut the engine down without delay, and he, and the three children accompanying him, vacated the aircraft.

On removing the upper cowl, flames and smoke erupted from the rear of the engine, the grass beneath the aircraft began to burn, and within a few minutes the engine and nosewheel assembly, the cockpit, and a major portion of the cabin of the aircraft, had been destroyed by fire.

Insufficient evidence remained for the Police to determine whether or not the fire resulted from malicious tampering. An alternative possibility existed that a defect in one of the flexible hoses supplying fuel to the fuel pump and carburettor had allowed fuel vapour or raw fuel to accumulate within the engine compartment, which had subsequently ignited.

A safety issue identified related to the limitations of "On-condition" maintenance, as a means of ensuring the continuing serviceability of fuel hoses within the engine compartments of general aviation type aircraft, and the desirability of a policy whereby such hoses should be removed and new hoses installed, on a basis of total time in service and/or a calendar period, as appropriate.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
11 August 1983 ZK-EKS R R Edwards Great Barrier Island Aerodrome unk
10 March 1985 ZK-EKS R R Edwards near Dairy Flat, Auckland unk

Revision history:

03-Nov-2016 20:11 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-Jan-2022 03:27 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
20-Nov-2022 01:54 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2024 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314