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Charter aircraft ZK-EBU and seven passengers remain lost without trace.

Closed Cause page created in the New Zealanders category by Lost Aircraft New Zealand for "Gavin Grimmer, Clive and Michele Jenkins, Nathan and Jonathan Mauchline."

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Given by 16 generous donors in around 7 months

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Our group is the driving force behind finding ZK-EBU and bringing closure to the family members who were left behind.

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  Manawatu / Whanganui Volunteering Tragedy In Memory

It started 36 years ago when a Piper Cherokee 6, call sign ZK-EBU was lost without trace in bad weather with seven souls on board. ZK-EBU was on a charted scenic flight from Dunedin through Queenstown, Milford sound, Preservation inlet and then back to Dunedin. Last contact with the aircraft was made while flying through Milford Sound. Nothing of the aircraft has been seen to this day.

We have made several searches for ZK-EBU and have now come to the conclusion that we will need to use the latest technology foliage penetrating radar system to help in this search.

We have made contact with a company overseas who are willing to donate the use of their latest technology foliage penetrating radar system for free but we will need to pay for the operator's travel expenses and overheads.

Travel costs approximately US $10,000 (Accommodation, food, flights, rental car)

Labor costs US $14,000 (support for 5 days of installation and testing)

For more information about our searches and the crash, then check out these links:

Lost Aircraft New Zealand's involvement

Our group is involved in looking for ZK-EBU. Up until now we have been travelling to the south island yearly and have been actively involved in ground searches.Theses searches have been documented on our website:

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  • richard knudson

    richard knudson on 21 Dec 2015


    keen to get over there for another look


  • Raewyn Sharp

    Raewyn Sharp on 09 Nov 2015


    Hope we can make this happen for my lovely cousins.


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 18 Oct 2015



  • Ann

    Ann on 12 Oct 2015


    I hope you reach your target soon


  • Malcolm

    Malcolm on 12 Oct 2015


    Best wishes with your endeavours.


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