Date: July 03, 1963
Time: 0909
Location: Mt. Ngatamahinerua, New Zealand
Operator: New Zealand National Airways
Flight #: 441
Route: Auckland - Whenuapai - Tauranga
AC Type: Douglas DC-3
Registration: ZK-AYZ
cn / ln: 15204/26889
Aboard: 23   (passengers:20  crew:3)
Fatalities: 23   (passengers:20  crew:3)
Ground: 0
Summary: Crashed while on a descent to Tauranga the aircraft experienced heavy rain, turbulence and extreme downdrafts on the lee side of a mountain. The plane crashed into the Kaimai Range at 2,460 ft., just 300 feet below the nearest summit. Premature descent by the pilot-in-command. Misleading forcast. Lack of DME equipment at the airport.

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