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I gave this photo to CAA a year or two ago, and they all agreed that it certainly appeared to be what I claimed it to be, but when they went to Search and Rescue (SAR)about it, they were told that if I went in and found it, then they would only be most happy to go in!!!

Looking at this from SAR’s point of view, I can understand where they are coming from. A  full blown search such as would be needed to locate this aircraft (especially in this area) would cost literally thousands of dollars and I know they have been “burnt” many times in the past checking out possible objects. The South Island bush can give off many illusions that appear like crashed aircraft and you only have to read on this website under the section on ZK-HNW to see one of the several times I have been caught!

SAR are in the business of trying to save lives, and full credit must be given to them for the excellent job that they do, but they have to work to a budget and have to account for every penny that they spend. As there is no longer any lives that can be saved in this unfortunate incident, then they need a physical finding to justify going in.

Had this photo been all that I had to go by, then I would never have taken it any further, but coupled with the location on a map (shown on the next page) placed by the pilot of the over-flying plane that it was seen from in September 1980..... and the description of what the passenger saw...... and the fact that the passenger described it exactly as shown in the photo ( and at that point, he hadn’t seen the photo!), then even though I’m a little skeptical as I’ve been ‘burnt’ so many time before, I feel there certainly is enough evidence to justify more searches. It sure is a pity money doesn’t grow on trees!!!!

These 3D images below, are off the same photo overlayed on Google Earth and taken from different angles around the object, the object being roughly in the middle of each one.  

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