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Interim Factual Reports

Interim factual reports are listed here and are not included in the database until the relevant final report is published, at which time the interim report will be appended to the introductory web page for the final report:

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13-003 Robinson R66, ZK-IHU, Mast bump and in-flight break-up, Kaweka Range, 9 March 2013
Volume A153 4 Safety Recommendations of which 4 are open
Published on Thursday, 5 May 2016
On 9 March 2013 a Robinson Helicopter Company (Robinson) R66 helicopter crashed in the North Island's Kaweka Range after experiencing an occurrence known as a 'mast bump'. A main rotor blade then struck the fuselage, causing the helicopter to break up in flight. The pilot, who was the only person on board, was killed.

The weather was suitable for the flight, which was conducted under...
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14-002 Kawasaki BK117 B-2, ZK-HJC, Double engine power loss, Near Springston, Canterbury, 5 May 2014
Volume A152 3 Safety Recommendations of which 3 are open
Published on Thursday, 14 April 2016
On 5 May 2014 the pilot of a BK117 helicopter with four other people on board experienced a double engine power loss during a hospital patient transfer flight between Ashburton and Christchurch. The pilot made an emergency landing without power onto farmland near Springston, with no injuries sustained by the occupants and minor damage to the helicopter.

It was later determined that the...
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13-006 Misaligned take-off at night, Airbus A340, CC-CQF, Auckland Airport, 18 May 2013
Volume A151 3 Safety Recommendations of which 3 are open
Published on Thursday, 24 March 2016
On 18 May 2013 an Airbus A340 aeroplane operated by LAN Airlines, Chile was making an early-morning departure from Auckland Airport for a scheduled return flight to Sydney. In addition to the captain and the first officer, there were eight cabin crew and 196 passengers on board.

It was dark but the visibility was good. The captain taxied the aeroplane from the gate toward taxiway A1 for a...
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10-009R Addendum to Final Report AO-2010-009: Walter Fletcher FU24, ZK-EUF loss of control on take-off and impact with terrain, Fox Glacier aerodrome, South Westland, 4 September 2010
Volume A150 0 Safety Recommendations of which 0 are open
Published on Thursday, 29 October 2015
On 4 September 2010 the pilot of a Walter Fletcher aeroplane (the aeroplane) with eight parachutists on board lost control during take-off from Fox Glacier aerodrome. The aeroplane, registered ZK-EUF, crashed in a paddock adjacent to the runway, killing all nine occupants.

The aeroplane had been modified from an agricultural aeroplane into a parachute-drop aeroplane three months before...
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12-002 Airbus A320 ZK-OJQ, Bird strike and subsequent engine failure, Wellington and Auckland International Airports, 20 June 2012
Volume A148 0 Safety Recommendations of which 0 are open
Published on Thursday, 18 June 2015
On 20 June 2012 an Air New Zealand Airbus A320 was landing at Wellington International Airport when it suffered a bird strike to its right engine. The bird strike did not affect the landing. The bird was later identified as a black-backed gull.

Maintenance engineers inspected the engine in accordance with the Airbus aircraft maintenance manual and released it back into revenue service...
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13-005 In-flight loss of control, Robinson R22, ZK-HIE, near New Plymouth, 30 March 2013
Volume A147 2 Safety Recommendations of which 2 are open
Published on Thursday, 11 June 2015
This accident occurred during a dual training flight to revise handling procedures prior to the student pilot being tested for the initial issue of a private pilot licence. One of the exercises to be revised was the recommended recovery procedure in the event of an un-commanded right roll, as might occur when subjected to an acceleration (or force) less than that due to gravity (G). The... Read more

13-007 Boeing 737-838, ZK-ZQG, stabiliser trim mechanism damage, 7 June 2013
Volume A146 0 Safety Recommendations of which 0 are open
Published on Thursday, 26 March 2015
On 7 June 2013 a Boeing 737-838 operated by Jetconnect Limited was undergoing scheduled maintenance at Auckland International Airport. During an inspection of the forward electronics and equipment compartment area under the flight deck, metal filings were found next to the stabiliser trim cable drum. On closer inspection a rag was found trapped under the stabiliser trim cable windings on the... Read more

13-009 RNZAF Boeing 757, NZ7571, landing below published minima, Pegasus Field, Antarctica, 7 October 2013
Volume A145 1 Safety Recommendation of which 1 is open
Published on Thursday, 29 January 2015
At 0957 on 7 October 2013, a Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757 departed Christchurch for Pegasus Field aerodrome in Antarctica. There were 117 passengers and 13 crew on board. The passengers included a New Zealand Government Minister, staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and staff from Antarctica New Zealand and the United States Antarctic Program.

The flight...
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13-002 Inquiry AO-2013-002: Robinson R44, ZK-HAD, engine power loss and ditching, Lake Rotorua, 24 February 2013
Volume A144 2 Safety Recommendations of which 2 are open
Published on Thursday, 29 January 2015
On 24 February 2013 a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter operated by Volcanic Air Safaris Limited had just departed on its second scenic flight for the day, with the pilot and three passengers on board, when the engine lost power. The pilot put the helicopter into autorotation and turned the helicopter towards the shoreline, where she carried out a successful ditching in shallow water near the... Read more

13-012 Korean registered Kumertau KA-32A helicopter, landing accident in Antarctica, 4 December 2013
Volume A143 0 Safety Recommendations of which 0 are open
Published on Monday, 15 September 2014
New Zealand has completed its support under Annex 13 . The ARAIB continues its investigation. For further information please contact ARAIB ARAIB website Please note: TAIC will not be producing a report for this inquiry. Read more

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