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As you can see, there is a possibility that this plane observed could have been the same plane that was seen in a steep dive from Pinnacle Hill, and in that steep dive, it simply leveled out and carried on. The distance between the Pinnacle Hill sighting and this one would have only taken a PA38 Tomahawk only 2 1/2 minutes to cover, although as shown previously, you cannot take the times as totally accurate. You can now see how there is a great need for these reports to be much more thorough. There is just not enough information supplied to be able to determine exactly what the observer saw!  As the file on ZK-WAC is a little over 200 pages, it does take quite a bit of time checking each detail out to answer each question that arises as I work my way through.  It is interesting that according to the file, the Pinnacle Hill sighting area as determined above, was never searched  which leans even more weight that it needs to be. I’m told that hunters do go into that area, but that doesn’t mean that it has been searched thoroughly. It is interesting to note that Piper Cherokee ZK-DIT disappeared 26 Feb 1984 in the Hunua Ranges and was not found until three months later 26 May 1984... not by searchers, but by pig hunters who just happened to stumble upon it. It was found nose down in amongst the trees making it impossible to see from the air. Had this aircraft not been stumbled upon, it may well have been another one listed on this site.

As you can see, the purple coloured outline shows the area that was officially searched and the Pinnacle Hill area is outside this. The Aircraft Accident Report did however say that the area searched included the southern most extremes of the Hunuas across to State Highway One. It is possible that the aircraft direction shown in the red arrow was the same aircraft seen in the Pinnacle Hill area, but it is also possible that it was yet another aircraft.

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