This Site is dedicated to all those families of the people that have tragically disappeared on flights in and around New Zealand. I only hope that from all the effort in building this site and from all the effort of those taking part in this venture, that it will bear fruit in bringing ‘closure’ to their memories!
From Big Gully, I believe Ryan continued to follow the road towards Omarama, rather than follow the transmission lines.
This is due to two reasons:
1/ There is a good aerodrome at Omarama that he could land at if he felt the weather was too bad to continue. He could also establish what the weather was at that aerodrome if he needed to divert back to - an escape route!
2/ A woman camped at the head of Lake Benmore, saw an aircraft beyond Twizel and towards Ohau Range, heading south west. If Ryan had continued to follow the transmission lines, then she would have seen him go past, which would have been easier to remember than one that was so far away.
Ryan must have felt the weather was okay to continue as he was heard and then seen flying over Lake Ohau and then fly over Lake Ohau Station, heading up the Hopkins , towards Huxley, towards Brodrick Pass, between 12 to 3.00 pm. - Red and white Cessna.