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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 191125
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P68 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Partenavia P.68 Victor
Registration: ZK-ZSP
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location: -   New Zealand
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
On Wednesday 15 May 2002, at about 0918, ZK-ZSP, a Partenavia P68B, was on a scheduled flight from Gisborne to Napier, when its right engine lost power because of fuel starvation. The aeroplane was 5 km from Wairoa, at 5000 feet and in cloud, at the time. On board were 4 passengers and the pilot.

Although sufficient fuel was on board the aeroplane, the fuel was not made available to the engine. The propeller was not feathered and the aeroplane, unable to maintain its height, descended until it broke clear of the cloud, near the coastline. The pilot landed the aeroplane safely on a metalled road. There were no injuries, and the aeroplane was undamaged.

Safety issues identified were:
* inadvertent tank-to-tank fuel transfer
* stiff fuel selector knobs
* the adequacy of the aircrew licensing written examination system.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 033/02 issued 27 May 2002 by TAIC to CAA NZ
Safety recommendation 051/02 issued 30 November 2002 by TAIC to CAA NZ

Revision history:

03-Nov-2016 20:16 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Source, Damage, Narrative]
25-Jan-2020 12:44 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type]

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