Pilot denies unsafe takeoff charge

MARTY SHARPE
Last updated 11:50 13/02/2013

Relevant offers

Hawke's Bay

Slain Waipukurau policeman killed on duty to be recognised 80 years later Hawke's Bay's Elephant Hill winery founder Roger Weiss dies in Germany Three injured in two-car crash on SH5 at Eskdale in Hawke's Bay Son and father both diagnosed with terminal cancer Bay boy's fundraising to help restore favourite theatre Napier singer-song writer wins trip to Japan with music Volleyball in the DNA of national rep Napier City Council chief executive Wayne Jack given $29k pay rise Guillain Barre patient in Wellington Hospital drank contaminated Havelock North water Running powers all-round success for Napier teen

A Napier pilot is facing fines of up to $12,000 for allegedly flying out of Napier in a careless manner in bad weather.

Name suppression lapsed for John Tucker in Napier District Court today.

Tucker, 46, has been charged by the Civil Aviation Authority for flying a Piper Cherokee when the cloud ceiling was not 300feet and visibility was not more than 1500metres on September 24 last year.

The maximum fine for the offence is $5000.

He is also charged with operating an aircraft carelessly, which carries a maximum fine of $7000.

Tucker has pleaded not guilty and the matter will go to a hearing in June.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

How many coffees do you have a day?

5 or even more

3-4

2

1

Anything from 1-5.

Don't touch the stuff.

Vote Result

Related story: Coffee as we know it at risk of dying

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content