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I have ordered aerial photos taken as close to the time after 16-08-1978 of those areas and if I find anything, I will publish it here. Interestingly, in the files they were talking of getting the Airforce to take aerial photos but for various reasons, this never happened.
I’ll leave you with it’s a known fact that most planes that are not found for years is because it was searched for in the wrong place!
I’m not suggesting for one moment that the Search was carried out incorrectly although the newspaper reports showed one person who was critical of some aspects of it (and rightly so), but when faced with the object of trying to save lives, the searching co-ordinators had very little to go on, and so grasped at any possibility whatever. I would have done the same, in the same situation.

So now you might ask, “What was the plane (that I searched for - as per earlier on this web site) that was seen lying in the bush in the Lake Alabaster area in 1980?”

All I can say is that either it was another optical illusion, or it was possibly ZK-EBU! (Went missing 29 December 1978)

Rather ironically,  it was revealed in the files, that ZK-EBU was one of the aircraft used in the search for ZK-BMP.

ZK-EBU’s logbooks show that on the 18 August 1978, two days after ZK-BMP went missing,  EBU flew 5.89 hours on the search.
Update 10th March 2012

23rd December 2011, Keiran Heney and Russell Baker spent an hour in a Robinson R22 helicopter searching in the Snow White Creek area  for an object I found on a 1990 NZ Aerial Mapping photograph that I had published on page 3 of SIGHTING REPORTS and have also reproduced here:

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Unfortunately, due to errors in Google Earth and the conversion to the NZTM mapping format that they needed for the GPS they used, they ended up searching the wrong ridge!


Thankfully, due to having a GPS, when they sent the tracks to me I was able to detect the error, otherwise we would have just eliminated the spot completely and been none the wiser.

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