Sadly the Piper PA-38-112 ZK-EHY crashed in steep terrain in the Pohangina Valley in the Ruahine Ranges today. Both person aboard where injured and are recovering in hospital.
I am sure we all wish them a speedy recovery.
ZK-EHY, as its c/n of 38-79A0594 tells us, was a product of 1979. It spent its first ten years on the US register as N2369K. It was imported into NZ and rebuilt at Dairy Flat and registered as ZK-EHY on 19-03-1990 to Tom Crail.
On 06-05-1992 it was listed to the Hawke's Bay & East Coast Aero Club at Hastings. This was rebranded as Air Hawkes Bay and listed to them on 28-06-02.
Top photograph was taken today (21-07-2010) and is credited to the Square Trust Rescue Helicopter.
Lower photo was taken at Hastings on 29-02-2008.