Air Force confirms fatality

14 January 2010

“It is with deep regret that I must confirm that the Royal New Zealand Air Force has lost a pilot following a fatal crash in the Manawatu this morning”, says Chief of Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Graham Lintott.

This morning at approximately 8am the RNZAF Base Ohakea lost contact with a CT-4 Trainer aircraft over the Manawatu. The aircraft was from the Red Checkers display team conducting a practice routine. Only one aircraft was involved.

An Air Force Iroquois helicopter has gone to the crash site and next of kin are being informed.


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Background information:

  • Aircraft:  CT-4E Airtrainer
  • Manufacturer: Pacific Aerospace Limited (PACL)
  • Power Plant 1 x Textron Lycoming AEIO 540 (develops 300hp)
  • Length: 7.15m (23ft,5in)
  • Wingspan: 7.92m (26ft) Wingspan 2.56m (8ft, 5in)
  • Weight:  Basic Weight empty 773kgs (1,700lbs)
  • Cruise speed:  278km/h (150kts)
  • Max speed 386km/h (209kts)
  • Service ceiling:  5,4450m (18,200ft)
  • Max range: 540NM (1,000km)
  • Fleet History:  The RNZAF took delivery of the first of 13 leased CT-4E Airtrainers (NZ1985 - NZ1997) in August 1998. The 13th aircraft was delivered in June 1999.

Central Flying School

The Central Flying School is a unit in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The School gets its name from the Central Flying School of the Royal Air Force and an official affiliation between the two schools was approved by Her Majesty the Queen on 7 January 1957. In 1993 all RNZAF flying training units, including CFS moved to RNZAF Base Ohakea.

The primary role of CFS is the training of flying instructors (QFI) for the New Zealand Defence Force, and to provide the audit function of maintenance and inspection of standards of flying instruction within the RNZAF. CFS currently operates the CT-4E Airtrainer, which are operated by Pilot Training Squadron.

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