Accident Piper PA-28-181 Archer II ZK-LJB,
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Date:Wednesday 16 January 2008
Time:c. 12:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-181 Archer II
Owner/operator:Canterbury Aero Club
Registration: ZK-LJB
MSN: 28-8090161
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Craigieburn Range, Canterbury -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:HKK
Destination airport:CHC
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Crash location: described as valley southwest of Cass Saddle, near Lake Coleridge. This equates to either Hamilton Creek or Harper River, Craigieburn Range, Canterbury.
The pilot was on a cross-country training flight from Christchurch to Hokitika via Arthur's Pass. The planned return flight path was direct to Christchurch, after refuelling the aircraft at Hokitika.
When the aircraft failed to arrive at Christchurch and became overdue on the SARTIME, a search was initiated by the RCCNZ. At approximately 1730 hours the burnt-out aircraft wreckage was located and the first rescuers found the pilot and passenger were deceased.
Investigation concluded that the pilot had deviated from the authorised flight planned route and minimum route operating heights and had operated the aircraft at low level in mountainous terrain for which he had limited experience.
The probable cause of this accident was that the pilot, when flying at low level in a mountainous area, entered a steep narrow valley and in an attempt to manoeuvre the aircraft clear of terrain, collided with the ground.

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


Christchurch Press, NZ Police


Wanaka 2004

Revision history:

20-Jan-2008 12:54 sinzman Added
21-Jan-2008 03:07 anon Updated
24-Jan-2008 01:30 anon Updated
11-Jun-2009 11:33 harro Updated
31-Aug-2009 01:42 flyernzl Updated
30-Jan-2022 09:17 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
05-Feb-2022 00:55 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]

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