Incident Druine D.31 Turbulent ZK-BVT,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 87734
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Date:Sunday 10 January 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic D31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Druine D.31 Turbulent
Owner/operator:B N Pilcher
Registration: ZK-BVT
MSN: PFA/437
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Masterton, Wairarapa -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Masterton, New Zealand
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
ZK-BVT (c/n PFA/437) was the first Druine D.31 Turbulent registered in New Zealand, on 12/5/58. It was commenced by Harry Bielby and others in Auckland, but it was completed by B G Climo and John Parkin. It was then sold to G A Weir of Wanganui on 27/2/61.

As with nearly all the Turbulents it had an interesting history with several incidents that resulted in various damage and rebuilds. It was also owned by E J Weir of Oamaru from 21/4/66, J M Dillon of Blenheim from 9/9/68, E G Brister of Wellington from 12/11/70, Brian Barrett of Lower Hutt from 1/11/71, K Cropp of Masterton from 16/12/74, L Robinson of Masterton from 12/9/77 and finally Brian Pilcher of Lower Hutt from 14/6/79 (but it was still based at Masterton).

I knew its last owner Brian N Pilcher who was piloting it when it lost power and he had to put down on the Waingawa River bed, near Masterton, on 10/1/88. ZK-BVT was damaged beyond repair and the registration was cancelled 30/9/88.



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
16 July 1972 ZK-BVT B M B Barrett 0 Rangiora, Canterbury sub

Revision history:

11-Jan-2011 14:00 ASN archive
10-Jun-2011 18:49 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Damage, Narrative]
24-May-2014 21:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Sep-2021 03:01 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
05-Feb-2022 06:00 Ron Averes Updated [Plane category]
06-Feb-2022 06:37 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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