This would mean that it was possible that this wreckage was from an aircraft that crashed somewhere in the catchment area of this creek for it to have been washed down to the point it was found.
The person who saw what appeared to be a downed aeroplane, has always maintained that he saw it somewhere down towards the bottom of Lake Alabaster and so I ordered another photo from NZ Aerial Mapping dated once again February 1980 of the lower reaches of Alabaster.
On receipt of it, I once again went over it very thoroughly and found two possibilities. I printed off photos of these objects and sent them to the eyewitness, along with a snapshot taken from Google Earth in 3D showing the location of them in relation to Lake Alabaster.
He got back to me and said that both of theses objects were on the wrong side of the lake, that his memory was that it was on the south eastern side.
I have copied here a report that I have had on this site on page 2 of the Sighting Reports:
10/ A hunter, in 1979, came across what he believed was a piece of fuselage about 200 to 300 meters up the Chair Creek which is situated just below the southern tip of Lake Alabaster. His memory of it was that it was blue and white but he is not sure. He says that it measured about 600 x 300 mm.
Does anyone know of an aeroplane or helicopter that crashed in that area prior to that time?
I have never had a reply from anyone who has any information on this and I’m currently concentrating on checking to see if there were any other aircraft that crashed in this area that could explain this wreckage. If you can help out with any information on this, please get in touch.
I got back to the person that reported this to me, and he said that this piece of aluminum was painted white on one side and by what he could remember a light blue on the other, and it appeared that it was off something that had crashed fairly recently due to its condition. He thought at the time that some poor person had gone through a bit of grief crashing their helicopter, and he threw the piece of wreckage up into the bush. He thought no more about it until he saw the account of Father Crosbie and Cessna 180 ZK-BMP on the “MISSING” programme that aired in July 2009. In his words, “When I saw this programme my heart did a bit of a leap. Maybe there was another accident in the area?”
After some discussion on the telephone with him, we have managed to pinpoint the approximate location of where this person believes he found the wreckage as not actually being in Chair Creek but in the next smaller creek south. He remembers that this creek had some old cattle yards near the bottom of it. These were most likely built by Davey Gunn for use in his historic cattle drives.
If anyone knows for sure the location of these yards, please contact me.
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