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Narrative: 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.