Accident Cessna 172N Skyhawk II ZK-SBK, Thursday 21 November 2019
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Date:Thursday 21 November 2019
Time:22:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 172N Skyhawk II
Owner/operator:Canterbury Aero Club
Registration: ZK-SBK
MSN: 17275566
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Category:Accident
Location:Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Christchurch International Airport (CHC/NZCH)
Destination airport:Christchurch International Airport (CHC/NZCH)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The aircraft impacted the dry bed mud flats of Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury, South Island, during a night flying exercise.
The airplane was completely destroyed and the sole pilot onboard was fatally injured.

It was not possible to determine a conclusive cause of the accident. However fatigue, combined with visual and sensory illusions and low night flying time experience, were likely contributing factors in this accident.

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: 
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 11 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/117621750/pilot-killed-in-light-plane-crash-at-lake-ellesmere-canterbury
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/pilot-killed-in-canterbury-plane-crash
https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-christchurch/training-pilot-died-high-impact-plane-crash-lake-ellesmere-mudflats

https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9447394

Images:


Christchurch International 14Sep2015

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Nov-2019 14:05 gerard57 Added
21-Nov-2019 14:14 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
21-Nov-2019 14:20 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Departure airport, Narrative]
22-Nov-2019 01:17 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Nov-2019 01:46 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative]
22-Nov-2019 02:05 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
22-Nov-2019 11:29 kiwipilot Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
25-Nov-2019 07:11 Spitfirepilot19 Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
27-Nov-2019 08:38 Flyernzl Updated [Photo]
27-Nov-2019 08:38 Flyernzl Updated [Photo]
27-Nov-2019 08:38 Flyernzl Updated [Photo]
09-Oct-2021 03:08 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
20-Oct-2022 08:34 harro Updated [Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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