News 2019

photo of the incident aircraft's running gear

Aviation TAIC final report: passenger aircraft landing gear failure April 2017

Two broken springs caused ATR passenger aircraft to divert and make emergency landing. Little damage, no injuries.

Photo of Dong Won after the fire, including burnt-out accommodation block.

Marine TAIC reports on April 2018 trawler fire in Timaru

Media release: The fire on the fishing trawler Dong Won took hold because the fire alarm did not sound, the crew’s initial firefighting was inefficient; and the ship was exempt from and did not comply with current structural fire protection standards. On any such vessels, the crew may not be as safe as they would be on a newer vessel constructed to newer standards. TAIC recommendations address the key issues.

Pictured left to right: Kym Bills, Hon Phil Twyford, Lois Hutchinson

TAIC CEO awarded first ever international fellowship by Australian Institute of Health and Safety

Transport Accident Investigation Commission chief executive Lois Hutchinson has been recognised for outstanding safety leadership by the Australian Institute of Health and Safety. The institute’s first ever international honorary fellowship recognises Ms Hutchinson’s successful leadership of TAIC to improve transport safety in New Zealand and internationally.

Rail Rare fractured rail caused passenger train derailment at Britomart in May 2018

A fractured rail (from machining defect) caused passenger train derailment in May 2018 at Britomart Station, Auckland. 130 people on board, none hurt. Damage to train & track. Track inspections now better; multi-agency group to resolve issues

Aviation TAIC inquiring into Airways NZ power outage, consequent loss of air traffic control

TAIC is inquiring into a power outage at the Airways New Zealand control centre in Christchurch on Monday 1 October 2019. The circumstances reported to date indicate that a fault in an uninterruptable power supply unit had triggered a fire alarm and power outage.

Photo of work to recover derailed wagon. Image | NZ Herald

Rail TAIC opens inquiry into freight train derailment at Wellington

New TAIC investigation: a loaded freight train derailed at about 7:40pm on Tuesday 2 July 2019 at junction between yard and North Island Main Trunk line. Four wagons reportedly derailed. No injuries reported

PHOTO - the helicopter parked on Chancellor Shelf above Fox Glacier

Aviation TAIC publishes final report on fatal helicopter crash on Fox Glacier in 2015

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 |

Aviation TAIC opens inquiry into accident involving rescue helicopter at Auckland Islands

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 Seabourn Encore from above | Photo: Seabourn Cruise Line

Marine New TAIC Report - Cruise ship broke moorings in Port of Timaru, Feb 2017

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 /

Aviation TAIC opens inquiry into Diamond DA42 aeroplane accident in Kaimanawa Ranges

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.