Accident Brief, Occurrence # 14/6082

Occurrence No 14/6082 Nature of Flight Private other
Aircraft Model Zenair CH701 STOL Pilot License Private Pilot Licence (Aeroplane)
Date and Time 29 Dec 14 at 02:15 Pilot Age 62
Location Whananaki Flying Hours (Total) 480
POB 2 Flying Hours (on Type) 80
Injuries (Fatal) 0 Last 90 Days 15
Injuries (Serious) 0 TAIC Ref
Injuries (Minor) 0 Publishing Ref Vector Sep/Oct 2015
Damage Substantial Date Published


The engine 'missed' just after takeoff, followed by rough running and a power loss, requiring an immediate forced landing in shallow water covering a tidal mud flat. The aircraft tipped over on landing, but both occupants safety evacuated the aircraft. The owner's investigation was inconclusive. Possible causes were narrowed down to: a potential (unspecified) issue with the Bing carburettor as fitted to the Jabiru 3300 engine; carb icing; or an excessively rich mixture, possibly due to a sticking float needle valve.