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The accident helicopter
19 October 2018
A team of four TAIC has been continuing the evidence gathering for the Commission’s inquiry into the crash of a helicopter near Wanaka Airport. TAIC’s evidence gathering at this early stage of the inquiry is broad to support the many routes that an investigation of this type may follow.
ZK-HOJ Credit: Airwork (NZ) Ltd
18 October 2018
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has opened an inquiry into a helicopter crash that occurred at shortly before 11am today near Wanaka Aerodrome. The Chief Investigator of Accidents, Captain Tim Burfoot, says circumstances reported to date are that the accident involved a Hughes 500 helicopter. “We are in the early stages of gathering information about the aircraft, the circumstances and the people on board,” said Capt. Burfoot.
Chart depicting planned and actual course of the Azamara Quest
11 October 2018
More needs to be done to address errors in ship navigation in pilotage waters. Errors in navigation in pilotage waters carry the risk of serious consequences for people, the environment, and the economy. The Commission launched a new Watchlist item today to focus the attention of regulators, operators and training providers on solving the problem.
Unmodified Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine
24 September 2018
Applications closed on 3 October 2018. The successful applicant will have relevant air transport experience, leadership and investigative skills, and professional or technical qualifications. You will effectively lead those who provide high quality and timely air transport accident investigation services.
Rail investigators on site
6 September 2018
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has completed the 2018 review of its Watchlist, which draws attention to its most pressing safety concerns. The five items have all been updated to reflect recent developments.
The accident helicopter in April 2013. Copyright Patrick Weis
21 July 2018
The Commission has opened an inquiry into a helicopter crash at Lake Wanaka in Otago on Saturday 21 July 2018, involving a Robinson R44 helicopter.
The Francie on Kaipara Harbour. Photo supplied
28 June 2018
November 2016: fishing charter vessel Francie capsized crossing Kaipara Harbour bar. 8 people died, 3 survived. More would have survived had all worn lifejackets, more so if fitted with crotch straps.
Image shows damage to monsoon bucket
26 June 2018
Media statement: TAIC reports on the crash of a helicopter whilst fighting wildfires on the Christchurch Port Hills
The crash scene
15 June 2018
TAIC has opened an inquiry into a helicopter crash that occurred at about 9am today at a remote location North East of Waiouru.
Britomart station soon after the incident (Photo: Auckland Transport)
9 May 2018
The Commission has opened an inquiry into the passenger train derailment at Britomart Station in Auckland