Accident Cessna 182H Skylane ZK-MGB, Thursday 4 August 2022
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Date:Thursday 4 August 2022
Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 182H Skylane
Registration: ZK-MGB
MSN: 18256545
Year of manufacture:1965
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Mount Nicholson, Canterbury -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Franz Josef Airport (WHO/NZFJ)
Destination airport:Rangiora Airport (NZRT)
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Cessna 182H Skylane crashed on the McCoy Glacier near Mount Nicholson, Canterbury, South Island.
The sole pilot died and the aircraft was destroyed.

The private pilot was flying his aircraft, ZK-MGB, from Franz Josef aerodrome (NZFJ) to Rangiora aerodrome (NZRT) to collect two associates and fly them back to Franz Josef.
The collision with terrain followed what appeared to be a decision by the pilot to turn back to his departure aerodrome. When flying east of Mt Nicholson, ZK-MGB likely encountered an area of very strong downdraughts resulting in a high rate of descent. These downdraughts either exceeded its climb performance and/or possibly forced it into the cloud layer. For either scenario the pilot was unable to avoid terrain.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report

Sources: (photo)

History of this aircraft



Revision history:

04-Aug-2022 06:52 gerard57 Added
04-Aug-2022 07:33 RobertMB Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Aug-2022 05:39 flyernzl Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
07-Aug-2022 07:47 gerard57 Updated [Source]
13-Aug-2022 05:15 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Narrative]
09-Oct-2022 05:36 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]
09-Oct-2022 05:38 RobertMB Updated [Source]
16-Nov-2022 04:43 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
18-Sep-2023 18:51 harro Updated

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