The girl, Cindy Mosey is now NZ Champion Kite surfer. see
The lines stretch across Tory channel from one hilltop (800ft or so) to a similar height on Arapawa Island, with the bottom of the lines around about 300 - 500ft above the water, so yes, the aircraft was low. However it was a known bad weather route when the lines were erected (and under the rules in the early 1980s this was legal) , and CAA did place a submission on the construction of the lines, but they didnt push very hard. They could have argued a lot stronger, and indeed had the final say, as Tory Channel is part of a designated and licensed water aerodrome. TheMarlborough Power Board did put Coloured PVC sleeving on the wires for a while, but they faded so much that they were removed and never replaced. Warning lights are also installed but are substantially below the brightness required for daylight warning. The lines are there to service approx 2 dozen houses on the island and other alterantives were available, but more expensive.
refer John Kings book "NZ tragedies and disasters - aviation"
YouTube video of a 1985 TV1 news broadcast, The lead item is coverage of the Cessna 402 operated by Air Albatross that hit unmarked power lines in Tory Channel, Cook Strait.
My Father Was Booked On That Flight... From Nelson, However He Apparently Had A Disagreement With His Ex Wife, And Decided To Leave On An Earlier Flight... He Told Me About It Years Ago... Standing At His Work Bench When A Co-Worker Said To Him, Hey (Radio In The Background With News Report) Did You Hear That (Dale)? Is'nt That The Flight You Were Supposed To Be On? For More Info quote this message to admin and ask them to email me Attn: Danny - Air Albatross Cessna 402 crash (in 1985)
'Anyone recollect the crash of C207 ZK-WED at Picton?' I went to college with the pilots son, IIRC he was flying for one of the airlines and the 207 was a side interest. Engine failure after takeoff I believe, I've never flown one, but I'd imagine a fully loaded 207 would closely simulate the flight path of an anvil with the engine out! 7 killed, not good :-(
Nelson Gymnastics holds a competition each year with Blenheim and Greymouth Gymnastics called the "Mosey-Grayson Competition" in memory of the 2 families. They had chartered the flight to attend a gymnastics competition.
Resurrecting an old thread I know, but does anyone have any idea of the exact location of WED’s crash site, or have access to the accident report? A family member of the pilot is interested in finding the site.
dazz - was a good friend of the pilot who not only helped me clear my section with his trusty chainsaw but also many enjoyable times scuba diving and fishing. Directly involved with support in the tragic aftermath but left NZ shortly after and lost contact with the family. If a family member wants to hear any memories please let me know.
WED. -The accident site was on flat terrain beside Lindens Road, 3 km north of Koromiko, at an elevation of 130feet amsl. National Grid reference 260221 (NZMS 1, sheet S22, “Picton”).
The report has two clear diagrams of the location.
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