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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34128
Last updated: 15 September 2021
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Time:c. 1518
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-18A Super Cub
Owner/operator:Wairarapa & Ruahine Aero Club
Registration: ZK-BNP
MSN: 18-5254
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Hood Aerodrome, Masterton -   New Zealand
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Banner and glider towing
Departure airport:Masterton
Destination airport:Masterton
Towplane upset. After take-off from vector 24, at an altitude of 200 to 300 feet while towing a DG100 single-seat glider (ZK-GOG), towplane ZK-BNP was alleged by the glider pilot to bank steeply to the left and begin to descend . The glider pilot realised that he could not follow the tow plane and went to release the tow rope. However, before he could do so the rope snapped due to overloading. The Cub failed to recover from a stall/spin induced by the sudden pitch up resulting from the detachment of the glider and struck the ground. It was destroyed by impact and fire.
The glider landed safely on the aerodrome.
Nicola Gaye Macdonald, 21, R.I.P.


Aircraft Accident Report No. 87-011.

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

12 Apr 1957 ZK-BNP Aerial Applications 0 Wairoa sub

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
08-Oct-2008 23:35 bravohotel Updated
28-Nov-2008 23:29 angels one five Updated
23-Dec-2008 23:48 angels one five Updated
06-Jun-2010 02:13 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
15-May-2011 07:31 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
26-Jan-2014 09:23 angels one five Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Narrative]

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