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Jenny Barratt’s theory was that they may have thought that they were at the mouth of the Haast River, given the lights of their batches on the coast, and the lights inland of the resort at Lake Moeraki being similar to the what is at Haast as you come across the coast there. If this was the case, she believes that they would have then positioned themselves for a landing not far SW of the Resort (believing it to be the Hotel at Haast).

Jenny said they checked with the Lodge as to whether they had seen or heard the plane at the time and they said that they hadn’t - possibly due to torrential rain on the roof that was so noisy that they wouldn’t have been able to hear it!

Jenny described the weather that afternoon at the beach as a northerly sprung up at around 3.00pm, at 5.00 pm it started to rain, and at 7.00 pm it became heavy rain. She was on the beach tailing cray fish, and her husband Peter had gone out in the boat to move the cray pots further out away from the rocks as there was a weather front coming up from the south.

 There was a story of a 5 yr old  girl being very upset that her dog wouldn’t come to her as it was eating crayfish out of a crashed aeroplane that the dog had found somewhere in the bush close to the Whakapohai River. I spent quite a bit of time tracking down this now adult woman and unfortunately, although she has a vague feeling that this may have happened, she can’t say that it did for sure. Between us, we worked out that if she did see it, it would have been somewhere close to the Moeraki River (not the Whakapohai) and it would have been somewhere between August to November 1979, (8 to 10 months) the year after it disappeared. Being that soon after, she may have seen “sights” that were just too horrendous for a young girl to remember, which could well be possible, as going by the story, she seemed more worried about her dog than the aeroplane...the aeroplane was a “non-event”. She said it would have been her dog, “Patchy”- a brown and white Huntaway. Incidentally, she was born in 1972 which would mean that she was 7, not 5 years old as per the story.

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