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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: International Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 23 February 2006 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Technical Analysis 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Convair 
Aircraft model: CV-580 
Aircraft registration: ZK-KFU 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
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Last update 13 May 2014