Airplane Crash - Mt. Ngatamahinerua, New Zealand 07/03/1963

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Mt. Ngatamahinerua, New Zealand


Date07/03/1963
Time09:09
LocationMt. Ngatamahinerua, New Zealand
OperatorNew Zealand National Airways
Flight #441
RouteAuckland - Whenuapai - Tauranga
TypeDouglas DC-3
RegistrationZK-AYZ
Cn/In15204/26889
Aboard23
Fatalities23
Ground0
SummaryCrashed while on a descent to Tauranga the aircraft experienced heavy rain, turbulence and extreme downdrafts on the lee side of a mountain. The plane crashed into the Kaimai Range at 2,460 ft., just 300 feet below the nearest summit. Premature descent by the pilot-in-command. Misleading forcast. Lack of DME equipment at the airport.

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