Aviation safety investigations & reports

Convair Division of General Dynamics Corporation CV-580, ZK-KFU, 19 km N Paraparaumu, Aerodrome, NZ, 3 October 2003

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 3 October 2003, Convair 580, registered ZK-KFU, was operating on a scheduled night freight flight from Christchurch to Palmerston North, New Zealand. After passing Paraparaumu Non Direction Beacon (NDB), the crew were cleared by air traffic control for descent and approach to Palmerston North. Shortly after, the aircraft was observed on radar to enter a tightening left turn and disappear from the controller’s display. Attempts to contact the crew were unsuccessful and a search for the aircraft was commenced.
General details
Date: 03 October 2003   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: NA    
Location   (show map): 19km N Paraparaumu, Aerodrome, NZ    
State: International   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 23 February 2006   Occurrence category: Technical Analysis  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Convair  
Aircraft model CV-580  
Aircraft registration ZK-KFU  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Last update 13 May 2014