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!
Another interesting thing, is that Ryan’s parents lived just south of Duntroon which is just around this ‘corner’, so he would have been very familiar with the terrain.
The sighting by the farmer’s wife was an interesting one, as she reported, “It came down across dam as if was going to land then turned back up Big Gully.” The transmission line that he would have been following cut the corner just before the dam by going up over a hill, so this would explain the plane coming down (descending) across the dam as though it was going to land, and at that point it had to have come towards the observer and turned back towards Big Gully. It may have well have flown up Big Gully, but I believe it was more likely to have followed the road, and with the dull conditions on the day, the illusion would have appeared that it had flown up Big Gully. Which ever way, doesn’t matter as Big Gully goes in the same direction as the road anyway.
was closer to afternoon tea - 2.00pm / closer to lunchtime 1.00pm - irrespective of whether lunch was had at 12.00pm or 1.00pm, so therefore, one can only take the times as a rough guideline - especially if the report was several days old when it was recalled.