Accident Schempp-Hirth Ventus b/16.6 ZK-GTR,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 29745
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Date:Monday 4 January 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic VENT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Schempp-Hirth Ventus b/16.6
Registration: ZK-GTR
MSN: 105
Year of manufacture:1993
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Maramarua, Waikato -   New Zealand
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
The glider was on a club-contest task that comprised two laps of a triangular course originating from, and terminating at, Drury. On the fourth leg, ZK-GTR was in company with two other aircraft, but near Maramarua the pilot reported that he was going toland. He did not, however, give any reason for his intention to land. A ground witness observed the glider pitch up from level flight and enter a steep nose-down spiral from which it did not recover before striking the ground. A post-mortem examination of the pilot found severe coronary artery disease, which probably resulted in an in-flight incapacitation and loss of control. No indication was found of any pre-impact aircraft defect.

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


1. CAA NZ Occurrence reference 99/1.

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
30 November 1989 ZK-GTR near Tirau, Waikato sub

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
18-Feb-2022 08:59 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Source]
18-Feb-2022 08:59 Ron Averes Updated [Source]

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