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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46380
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic GY80 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Gardan GY-80-180 Horizon
Registration: ZK-BXM
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Montalto, Canterbury -   New Zealand
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
The aircraft was seen to be flying low in poor weather before a crash impact was heard. The aircraft impacted the hillside while turning, presumably in an attempt to avoid the terrain, but had not been configured for flight in poor visibility. Upon impact the aircraft bounced, rolled inverted, continued for a further 60 metres, and then caught fire. The pilot had checked the destination weather with relatives before departing Gore, but did not request flight planning assistance from the national briefing office. An aircraft seen flying at low level in poor conditions within 30 minutes of his departure from Gore was probably BXM, but there were no other confirmed sightings of ZK-BXM until minutes before the accident. The pilot had called Christchurch Information one hour and 45 minutes into the flight and requested the cloud cover at Christchurch, but no position report was given at that time. A good radar plot was obtained that showed an aircraft initially at 7500 feet amsl tracking up the McKenzie basin and crossing the Two Thumbs Range before turning down the Rangitata River. After descending towards the Rangitata Gorge the pilot was confronted with very low cloud and reduced visibility. The aircraft track, and witness reports, suggest that the pilot could not have determined a safe heading in such poor conditions.



TAUPO 1967 Laurie Downes PPL

Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
16-Jul-2012 00:51 Anon. Updated
19-Nov-2017 11:38 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
25-Feb-2018 08:55 TB Updated [Aircraft type]

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