Accident Brief, Occurrence # 14/5069

Occurrence No 14/5069 Nature of Flight Private other
Aircraft Model Tecnam P96 Golf Pilot License
Date and Time 28 Oct 14 at 17:00 Pilot Age 0
Location Kerikeri Flying Hours (Total) 0
POB 1 Flying Hours (on Type) 0
Injuries (Fatal) 0 Last 90 Days 0
Injuries (Serious) 0 TAIC Ref
Injuries (Minor) 0 Publishing Ref Vector Jan/Feb 2016
Damage Substantial Date Published


The Tecnam Golf P69 was taxiing to depart on a local VFR flight from NZKK. The pilot reported that while backtracking along RWY33 for a RWY15 departure, a gust of wind pushed him to the left, and he had no choice but to apply full power and takeoff. The aircraft collided with the RWY 33 PAPI light box nearest the runway, causing substantial damage to the rear right hand side of the fuselage and to the PAPI light box. The aircraft was able to land without further incident. No witnesses were present during the event, and the pilot stated that it all happened too quickly to remember exactly. Lack of ground marking on the grass adjacent to the runway and the direction of impact on the PAPI suggest the aircraft became airborne on the runway, deviated left, and turned back towards the runway, colliding with the inner PAPI light box. The Bay of Islands Aero Club operates microlight aircraft under the Part 149 certificate of the Recreational Aircraft Association of New Zealand. Until this event, the procedure for a club member to sign out an aircraft was simply to sign a piece of paper saying that their documentation was up to date. The CFI reports that the club procedures are being reviewed, and that the club committee is supportive of better oversight of club operations. As an immediate response, the club is requiring all pilots to submit their documentation for inspection before flying a club aircraft.