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Old 01-01-2018, 10:27 AM
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The lack of a wing was the first thing I noted also... That and there's no damage to the prop.

I hope the civil aviation authority (TAIC) investigates this...

Sad business.
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Old 01-01-2018, 12:35 PM
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My deepest sympathy to Deans's family and friends. I didn't know Dean but had read his wife's article in the N.Z sports Flying Magazine in Autumn 2017. A lot of what she wrote, I could relate to in the building phase of an RV aircraft. She wrote a great article.
Such an experienced pilot and vital part of the Northland community, it makes all aviators and builders of aircraft very sad.
I hope in time the investigators can piece together what has so seriously gone wrong.
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:53 AM
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The lack of a wing was the first thing I noted also...
Me too, then I heard the witness statement on the video that it appeared that the wing had detached from the aircraft.
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Old 01-05-2018, 09:15 AM
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Anyone have any info on the wing separation?
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Old 01-05-2018, 01:08 PM
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The RV-7 accident made AvWeb:

https://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/new...-230139-1.html

I wonder if they are referring to VAF when they state:
"A Van’s RV-7 that crashed on New Year’s Day in Northland New Zealand, killing both occupants, has caught the attention of the RV community because of the possibility of structural failure."
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Old 01-05-2018, 01:41 PM
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Seriously sad news, my heart goes out to the family
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Old 01-06-2018, 08:06 AM
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Saddened to hear about this event.

I'm sitting here trying to imagine what on earth could cause a wing to separate short of a mid-air. Bend, twist maybe, but separate?
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Old 01-07-2018, 07:59 PM
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A C130 crew suffered a wing seperation during a fire suppresion mission. The cause of the failure was due to thousands of sudden positive and negative G force experienced during the drops. Some Beech 58 series also had maximum time in service limitations set because they were used in fire suppression missions.
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Model 58P and 58TC aircraft, with the following serial numbers: TJ-177, TJ-178, TJ-180, TJ-211, TJ-213, TJ-247, TJ-284, TJ-285, TJ-289, TJ-290, TJ-314, TJ-322, TJ-367, TJ-368, TJ-370, TJ-371, TJ-425, TJ-426, TJ-433, TJ-442 and TK-33, that are certified in any category. These aircraft were used as lead aircraft by the United States Forest Service for fire fighting missions.
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:08 PM
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This makes me so sad... I just found out about it today. I took Dean to lunch in Whangerei when I was in New Zealand in February 2016, and saw him regularly at trade shows in the USA. He was a great guy, and one of our customers for our dual mode Visible/IR lights that they were using on the S-76 helicopters. This video of his service brought tears to my eyes:
www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11972099
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