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PHOTO - the helicopter parked on Chancellor Shelf above Fox Glacier
23 May 2019
TAIC has published its final report on the crash of an AS350BA helicopter on Fox Glacier, which took the lives of all seven people on board in November 2015. The helicopter operator’s pilot training system did not fully comply with Civil Aviation rules and did not adequately prepare the pilot for their role and responsibilities.
The accident aircraft (Photo (c) Derek Quinn | www.111emergency.co.nz)
23 April 2019
The Commission has opened an inquiry into an accident involving a BK117 helicopter near the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands on the evening of 22 April 2019.
Photo - the Seaborn Encore from above | Photo: Seaborn Cruise Line
11 April 2019
New TAIC report: Cruise ship Seabourn Encore's moorings broke in strong wind, drifted across harbour, collided w. cement carrier. Nobody hurt. There was damage to the wharf and to both ships. Report addresses mooring equipment & procedures; & dealing with change in weather
The accident aircraft (Photo: Rodney Maas / www.flying.geek.nz)
24 March 2019
TAIC has opened an investigation into the crash of a Diamond DA42 Twin Star in the Kaimanawa Ranges in the central North Island on the evening of Saturday 23 March 2019.
The accident vessel - the Discovery 2
23 February 2019
The Commission has opened an investigation into the jet boat accident in Skippers Canyon that occurred 23 February.
The helicopter at the site. TAIC photo
17 February 2019
TAIC has opened an inquiry into a non-fatal accident involving a AS350 (Squirrel) helicopter engaged in firefighting operations near Nelson on 17 February
The accident scene. Photo: Whakatane Beacon
14 February 2019
TAIC's Final Report into a fatal accident involving an empty log train and a refuse collection truck at a level crossing near Kawerau in October 2017 finds the truck very likely did not stop at the stop signs. The truck driver died and the truck was significantly damaged. TAIC recommends law change and immediate work to prune vegetation any vegetation adversely affecting sight lines at level crossings.
The Emerald Princess
17 January 2019
TAIC has published its report on the February 2017 accident in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, on board the passenger cruise ship Emerald Princess, in which a nitrogen cylinder burst, causing one fatality. The cylinder burst below its normal operating pressure, because it had been weakened by corrosion. Nitrogen cylinder stored energy systems are common on lifeboat launching installations for cruise ships, and there is a lack of global minimum standards for them.
ZK-HOJ Credit: Airwork (NZ) Ltd
20 December 2018
The Commission has published an interim report on the recent fatal accident near Wanaka Aerodrome on 18 October 2018. The pilot and the two other occupants died in the accident. TAIC Chief Commissioner Jane Meares says a major safety issue highlighted by the interim report is the risk posed by loose items in the cabins of helicopters.
The accident helicopter
20 December 2018
The report issued today is an interim report, so it includes no formal Findings. All evidence (including of any mast bumping) and the role it may have played in the accident sequence is subject to further investigation.