Sat, Sep 06, 2008
Bent Cessna Draws Attention In New Zealand
New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority has figured out the
cause of a major episode of deja vu.
Rescuers responded this week after a helicopter pilot looked
down and saw a Cessna on the ground, which he described as being
"...pretty smashed up." When they got there, it looked eerily
similar to a wreck they found last week.
Turns out, there's a reason.
New Zealand's Rotorua Daily Post reports that in the first
accident, on August 26, the pilot was hailed as a hero for his
emergency landing in a paddock in Ngakuru. The plane tore through a
fence after engine trouble during a sightseeing flight, damaging
its nose, but the pilot and six Spanish tourists were
A helicopter was called to move the plane to Hamilton for
further investigation by the CAA, but that helo reportedly
experienced hydraulic problems and had to leave the wreck at the
foot of Horohoro Bluff.
Yep, you guessed it. The pilot of the helicopter who called in
the report this week had spotted the same wreck in its new
The deja vu question has been solved, but one other remains...
is it this tough for a Kiwi to get proper aircraft maintenance?
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