Accident Taylor J.T.1 Monoplane ZK-DKQ, Saturday 25 July 2020
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Date:Saturday 25 July 2020
Type:Taylor J.T.1 Monoplane
Registration: ZK-DKQ
MSN: AACA/125/1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Twizel, Canterbury -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Pukaki Aerodrome
Destination airport:Pukaki Aerodrome
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot prepared ZK-DKQ for a local flight from Pukaki Aerodrome. He was in the process of self-rating on the aircraft. This flight was the sixth training flight, the purpose of which was to practise stalling.
Witnesses stated the pilot had prepared in advance for the flight. This included discussing the stalling exercise with ZK-DKQ’s owner, choosing a weekend when family were present, and the flight would be in ideal weather conditions.
He stated to several people that he would have five hours of fuel and was going to do the exercise from 6500 feet.
Witnesses reported ZK-DKQ departed Pukaki Aerodrome around 13:55, initially heading south then turning north towards Mt Cook.
The pilot’s friend took off shortly after ZK-DKQ and heard a radio transmission from the pilot stating his position and “climbing through 6100 feet”. No further radio transmissions or sightings of the aircraft were reported.
The aircraft was found to have crashed some 4.6 nm southeast of Pukaki Aerodrome, in Simons Pass Station.

The investigation determined the aircraft entered an unrecovered flat spin most likely subsequent to a wing drop stall. It was not possible to determine whether correct recovery inputs were made during the spin without recovery, or whether aircraft factors prevented recovery.
Once the aircraft entered the fully developed flat spin, recovery may not have been possible, regardless of pilot control inputs.

Accident investigation:
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Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

15 February 1976 ZK-DKQ W P Thompson Fosbender Park, Southland sub

Revision history:

25-Jul-2020 06:49 gerard57 Added
25-Jul-2020 07:10 JMW69 Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
25-Jul-2020 09:10 JMW69 Updated [Total fatalities, Damage, Narrative]
25-Jul-2020 14:21 Geno Updated [Source]
05-Dec-2021 17:56 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]
06-Feb-2022 02:51 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]
07-Feb-2022 22:23 Ron Averes Updated [Plane category]

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