Mid-air collision Accident Cessna 185A Skywagon ZK-CBY,
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Date:Sunday 16 June 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic C185 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 185A Skywagon
Owner/operator:Skydive Wellington (owner: Sky Sports NZ Ltd)
Registration: ZK-CBY
MSN: 185-0420
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Masterton Aerodrome, Wairarapa -   New Zealand
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Masterton Airport (MRO/NZMS)
Destination airport:Masterton Airport (MRO/NZMS)
Investigating agency: TAIC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Cessna 185A Skywagon (ZK-CBY) skydiving plane and a Tecnam P2002-JF (ZK-WAK) crashed following a mid-air collision while on approach to the Hood Aerodome in Masterton, New Zealand. Both aircraft were consumed by the post crash fire and the sole pilot on board each aircraft was fatally injured.

The pilot of ZK-CBY was joining the non-standard right-hand for runway 06L, as this was how they had been instructed to join. The pilot of ZK-CBY, as the joining aircraft, needed to give way to ZK-WAK, but did not see it in time to avoid the collision. The non-standard join was at variance with Civil Aviation Rules (CARs), but had become an accepted practice at the aerodrome.

Both aeroplanes were approaching the runways at the same time. The aerodrome chart informed pilots that ‘simultaneous operations’ were prohibited. However, there was no definition of what ‘simultaneous operations’ were, and as a result there were a range of interpretations.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 4 months
Download report: Final report


https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/7352083 (photo)

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
28 February 1965 ZK-CBY Rural Aviation (1963) Ltd 0 Eketahuna, Wairarapa min
11 January 1968 ZK-CBY Tourist Air Travel Ltd Cattle Flat, Southland unk
2 February 1973 ZK-CBY Mount Cook Air Services Ltd Mount Cook, Canterbury unk
11 August 1982 ZK-CBY Mount Cook Group Ltd Tasman Glacier, Mount Cook NP unk


Hood airfield, Masterton, 7Jan2012.


Revision history:

16-Jun-2019 00:18 Captain Adam Added
16-Jun-2019 00:28 Captain Adam Updated [Operator, Source, Damage, Narrative]
16-Jun-2019 01:14 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type]
16-Jun-2019 01:24 Captain Adam Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Jun-2019 01:25 RobertMB Updated [Destination airport]
16-Jun-2019 03:27 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
16-Jun-2019 05:13 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
16-Jun-2019 05:22 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
16-Jun-2019 13:16 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
17-Jun-2019 09:26 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
17-Jun-2019 09:32 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
22-Jun-2019 05:04 Flyernzl Updated [Photo]
08-Aug-2020 02:59 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
06-Feb-2022 06:39 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
03-Nov-2022 06:52 harro Updated [Departure airport, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report]

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