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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
Dong Won on fire, Port Timaru, 9-10 April 2018. Credit: Stuff
10 April 2018
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has opened an inquiry into the fire on board the fishing vessel Dong Won at Timaru port. Circumstances reported to date are that the deep-sea fishing vessel, the Dong Won 701, caught fire at about 2130 9 April 2018 at Number 1 Wharf in the port of Timaru. The Commission’s team of three investigators is due to arrive at the site this afternoon (10 April).
10 April 2018
A Squirrel helicopter was making a snow landing on Mt Sale in Central Otago when it struck the ground hard and finished badly damaged on its side. There were no fatalities; one passenger received minor injuries. The fast, low and close landing approach may have limited the pilot’s ability to confirm actual wind direction and usable escape routes. This was the fourth serious helicopter landing accident for this operator in three years
The Pee Jay V
25 January 2018
A tourist boat caught fire and sank because the main firefighting system was ineffective and staff did not fully understand how it should work. All 60 people on board survived. TAIC has called for rule changes for alarms and extinguishers; and improvements to training and record keeping
The skydiving aircraft
10 January 2018
TAIC is investigating the skydiving accident at Lake Wakatipu in Otago, which occurred 10 January 2018. During a commercial tandem skydive, a possible malfunction of the parachute has resulted in the pair entering Lake Wakatipu.
TAIC investigators examine the wrecked fuselage
6 December 2017
The fatal crash of a tourist helicopter on a snowy ridgeline in the Southern alps is the subject of a report issued today. The key lessons that any helicopter pilot or operator can take from this inquiry address risks associated with flying over mountains; making assumptions about weight; the need for proper wearing of seatbelts; and vortex ring state
NZ30 flight track [Image: FlightRadar]
6 December 2017
TAIC has opened inquiries into two recent events involving engine abnormalities in Air New Zealand 787s. TAIC investigators are working closely with the airline, Civil Aviation Authority, engine-manufacturer Rolls Royce, and colleague agencies overseas. Investigators are securing and reviewing aircraft records, making examining engines, and interviewing company representatives and the flight crew