Accident Schempp-Hirth Discus 2b ZK-GZP,
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Date:Monday 17 January 2022
Time:c. 14:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic DISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Schempp-Hirth Discus 2b
Registration: ZK-GZP
MSN: 59
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Mt St Cuthbert, Otago -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Omarama aerodrome
Destination airport:Omarama aerodrome
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Schempp-Hirth Discus 2b glider, crashed on Mount Saint Cuthberts, approximately two nautical miles south-south-west of Omarama aerodrome. The pilot died in the crash.
On the day of the accident, the pilot’s intention was to conduct a flight in the local area. The glider was launched by an aerotow from Omarama aerodrome and then observed intermittently by the crew of another glider to be ridge flying in an area locally known as ‘the nursery’. It was also noted by the crew that at that time, GZP was flying very close to the ridge.

The CAA investigation determined that the accident occurred due to a departure from controlled flight when the glider’s airspeed became too slow, resulting in an aerodynamic stall and spin entry. There was insufficient height available for the pilot to effect a recovery before GZP struck terrain.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Report number: 22/204
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years 1 month
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

18 July 2010 ZK-GZP Private 0 near St Arnaud, Nelson sub

Revision history:

17-Jan-2022 10:47 gerard57 Added
17-Jan-2022 11:51 RobertMB Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
19-Jan-2022 10:43 flyernzl Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
02-Feb-2022 01:16 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
02-Feb-2022 02:34 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
10-Mar-2022 08:28 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type]
12-Mar-2024 20:34 ASN Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report]

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