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Narrative: The aircraft departed Paraparaumu aerodrome (NZPP) at approximately 13:36 hours on a dual training flight to Foxpine aerodrome (NZFP), where it completed four circuits. After departing NZFP the flight deviated from the known plan and tracked towards Flat Point aerodrome (NZFT). Family members reported the aircraft overdue later that same evening and a search was begun. Aircraft wreckage was located at approximately 07:30 hours the following morning on the eastern side of the Tararua Range at an elevation of approximately 2756 feet (838 metres). Location was a ridge east of Ngamaia (982 metres), overlooking Putara.
Conclusions: - The instructor used an outdated weather forecast for the entire flight. - Thorough analysis of all the available weather forecasts should have precluded flight operations through the Tararua Range. - The aircraft descended below the minimum height for VFR flight soon after departing NZPP. - When the decision was made to fly to NZFT, there was no new planning or weather updates obtained. - The aircraft entered an area of strong downdraughts that most likely exceeded the aircraft’s performance capabilities, and it collided with a ridge.