Accident Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar ZK-CMX, Tuesday 26 March 1968
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Date:Tuesday 26 March 1968
Time:08:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar
Owner/operator:Airland (NZ)
Registration: ZK-CMX
MSN: 18-2595
Year of manufacture:1943
Total airframe hrs:7364 hours
Engine model:Wright R-1820
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:near Waewaepa Range -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:Oringi Airport
Destination airport:Oringi Airport
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The aircraft was engaged in an operation involving the aerial sowing of bulk fertiliser. The Lodestar had made a straight sowing run after which it was seen to cross a ridge. It turned slightly to starboard and followed the line of the ridge before entering a comparatively steep left-hand turn apparently initiated to bring it back toward a suitable position from which another sowing run could be started. When about two-thirds of the turn had been completed, the aircraft was seen to flick suddenly into a left-hand spin which continued very rapidly for one and a half to two and a half turns until the aircraft impacted on bush-clad terrain near the top of the ridge it had formerly crossed, exploded, disintegrated and burned.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident resulted from irretrievable loss of control occasioned by the unintentional incurrence of a stall and spin in conditions of turbulence and at a height which did not permit recovery before the aircraft struck the ground."

Sources:

Aircraft Accident Report No. 1837 Lockheed 18-56 LODESTAR ZK-CMX Waewaepa Range 26 March 1968

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