Sunday 29 May 2011

Napier resident Cessna 172N N37ER

The remains of a this Cessna 172N are kept in the Napier area and hauled out on occasion to support emergency and rescue demonstrations and exhibitions. These photos were taken on Marine Parade in April 2009 by JEAN210.

Rather surprisingly, the source of this hulk is the United States. Even more interesting is that N37ER (msn 17269534) suffered an accident at Salida, Colorado, on 18 July 1983, when it encountered downdrafts after crossing Ruby Mountain at 9,900ft and made a forced landing on a sloping, rocky meadow at an elevation of 8,200ft. The nose wheel collided with a boulder and over went the aircraft. Fortunately, pilot/owner Kenneth P Smith and his wife escaped uninjured.

The wreck was shipped to NZ as a spares source, or ?
Is this wing from the same aircraft ?

Thanks to Jean210.


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  2. At bit of further history. Based on the colors of the paint and the registration number that ends in "ER" this aircraft started out its life in Daytona Beach, Florida on the flightline at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. They turn their fleet over regularly so their aircraft do not get to run down from the intense use.

  3. Thanks for that snip.
    More grist for the mill.