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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65285
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic L37 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura
Owner/operator:8 Sqn RNZAF
Registration: NZ4519
MSN: 5532
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Whenuapai AFB -   New Zealand
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Whenuapai AFB
The starboard engine failed on approach to Whenuapai probably because an empty tank was selected, as no fault was found with the engine. Pilot Flight Sergeant E T Brightwell attempted a single-engine landing, but was unable to hold the aircraft straight with the port engine at high power. The aircraft turned to the right and crashed into trees, killing four crew members instantly, and a fifth dying later.

The court of inquiry found the pilot had insufficient experience to cope with only one engine on approach, and should not have used such high power on the remaining engine with the flaps down.
Flight Sergeants Edward Brightwell, James Pederson, and Archibald Alexander, and Sergeants Harold Mauger, and Russell Robbie. R.I.P.


1. King, John (1995). Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. pp. 152-153. ISBN 1 86934 042 6.
2. Ministry of Defence Accident File no. 27/12/1879
NZ Archives.
NZ Serials.

Revision history:

30-May-2009 00:09 XLerate Added
04-Jun-2009 15:32 angels one five Updated
05-Oct-2009 00:22 angels one five Updated
13-Oct-2009 01:03 angels one five Updated
29-Dec-2011 22:32 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
21-Jan-2012 07:20 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Source]
09-Sep-2013 13:34 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
27-Jan-2014 07:27 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator, Narrative]
14-Nov-2018 20:42 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
13-Jul-2019 02:42 angels one five Updated [Location, Narrative]

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