Another snip from the ODT
Cessna had four earlier crashes
The New Zealand Aviation Safety Network website shows it was involved in accidents at Wairoa (September 1961), Rotorua Airport (February 1970), Taupo Airport (November 1970), and near Makarora (April 1980), but no passengers were killed as a result of the crashes.
"This will be the fourth time it's had to be repaired, so it's nothing new for this plane," Mr Paterson said.The plane had been privately hired by a pilot to take friends to the remote area for a sightseeing trip.
He said the beach was a popular landing spot for people wanting to go whitebaiting or tramping.On this occasion, he said, the plane landed heavily on the sand, bounced into the air, and when it landed again, the wheels dug into the sand and the plane flipped on to its roof.
None of the four people on board was injured.
Mr Paterson said the plane was badly damaged by the crash, but hopes were that it could be salvaged and eventually repaired.
"The plane's been moved to a safe area and it will be brought back to Dunedin later this week."
The Civil Aviation Authority began an investigation into the incident yesterday.
Below we offer a little of the history of this Cessna 180.
Cessna 180 ZK-BEL (c/n 30614) was a Rural Aviation Ltd, of New Plymouth import. It was registered to them on 15-01-1954 and obtained its NZ CoA on 10-03-1954.
The link below will take you to the ed Coates collection.
http://www.edcoatescollection.com (well worth a delve into)
After four years with Rural it moved to Air Super Ltd of Wairoa from 12-03-1958. It was damaged when it overturned at Wairoa on 29-09-1961.
My next reference mentions it being fleet number 7 with Manawatu Aerial Top Dressing Co of Feilding.
Pic below from unknown source - but I suspect from the RJD collection.
And then to Aerial Spaying (NZ) Ltd, followed by Aviation Distributors Ltd before joining J S Murdoch at Gore on 16-04-1968.
Registered to Aviation Contracts Ltd of Gore from 13-01-1969
Then followed a short spell with R M Gibbs of Mataura.
It moved back up north after listing with A C Finch and E N Bennett of Rotorua on 12-12-1969 with whom it caried the name "Wynair".
It had two accidents during this period.
On 1-02-1970 at Rotorua and at Taupo on 07-11-1970.
It was relisted to Finch Aircraft Services on 13-01-1971.
As at Paraparaumu on 20-02-1971. Still with "Wynair" on the driver door.
I next have it with Central Helicopters of Alexandra from 06-07-1972. Here it carried the name "Derek Alexander".
Below at Alexandra on 13-08-1978
Next move was to J G Snushall of Kaikoura from 02-11-1984.
S D Kerr of Christchurch took it over from 01-05-1998 but it was destroyed by wind at Christchurch 18-10-1998 when it was blown over the boundary fence.
Below at Wanaka on 05-04-2012 still wearling its race number.