Accident Elitar Sigma-4 ZK-JRN, Sunday 27 March 2022
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Date:Sunday 27 March 2022
Type:Silhouette image of generic SIGM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Elitar Sigma-4
Registration: ZK-JRN
MSN: 10
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Omaka Airfield, Marlborough -   New Zealand
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Omaka Airport (NZOM)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
The pilot reported that after take-off at approximately 200 feet, and over the aerodrome boundary fence, the engine
coughed and spluttered. The pilot pushed the throttle fully open – however, a complete engine power loss occurred.
Due to a large vineyard ahead, the pilot initiated a turn back to an alternate runway at the aerodrome. It soon became
apparent to the pilot that there was insufficient height available to make the runway. The pilot positioned the aircraft to land parallel with the wires supporting the grapevines.
The aircraft landed heavily amongst the vines approximately 300 metres short of the runway.
The pilot and passenger suffered minor injuries.
The airfield conditions at the time of the accident were QNH 1022 hPa, temperature 14 degrees C, dew point 11 degrees C.
The CAA notes that, although the presence of carburettor ice in this occurrence cannot be confirmed, the ATSB Carburettor Icing Probability Chart for the ambient conditions at the time of the accident, indicates that serious carburettor icing was likely at any power setting.

CAA occurrence number 22/1585

Revision history:

26-Mar-2022 22:49 gerard57 Added
26-Mar-2022 23:09 RobertMB Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Mar-2022 01:23 angels one five Updated [Location, Narrative]
27-Mar-2022 15:24 RobertMB Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
17-May-2022 08:31 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
12-Sep-2022 07:30 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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