Date: September 14, 1998
Time: 11:52
Location: Mount Cook, New Zealand
Operator: Air taxi - Air Safaris Inc.
Flight #: ?
Route: Sightseeing
AC Type: Cessna 177B Cardinal
Registration: ZK-DKL
cn / ln: ?
Aboard: 3   (passengers:2  crew:1)
Fatalities: 3   (passengers:2  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft hit the face of mountain. The aircraft probably encountered a strong laminar downdraught before entering a thin cloud layer before impact. Although ample escape options were available to the pilot to turn away from the rising terrain and cloud ahead, he did not make a timely decision to do so. Why the pilot did not make a timely turn away could not be explained.

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