TAIC calling for witnesses to hot air balloon accident. Balloon experienced difficulty on landing, canopy contacted power lines, draped over a house. Of 11 on board, some ejected from basket in the process. Reportedly, several were injured, including hospitalisations. No fatalities reported.
Helicopter destroyed by heavy landing, severe on-ground shaking. All 5 on board injured, incl. head injuries, one fatal. TAIC recommendations on importance of comprehensive practical training in aircraft type, benefits of wearing helmets.
After a double parachute malfunction, a skydive pair crash-landed into Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown. The tandem rider submerged and was never found after lifejacket didn’t properly inflate. Parachutists need to practice water landings. TAIC recommends changes to aviation rules and incident reporting.
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has appointed Martin Sawyers as its new Chief Executive.
TAIC inquiring into collision involving a train and a light truck at a level crossing on Saunders Rd near Marton, at around 1530 on Thursday 13 May. 1 person travelling in the truck died. TAIC investigation team is on its way and will be on site in the morning
At Wellington Port, a worker was struck by moving wagon, requiring hospital treatment
TAIC has opened an inquiry into the jet boat accident on the Shotover River near Queenstown. Injuries to some persons on board, no fatalities reported. The boat is now in a secure location. TAIC investigators arrived on site 22 March, interviewing witnesses, inspecting boat.
Worse-than-expected sea conditions caused capsize of a perceived very safe ‘pontoon’ design water taxi. Skipper rescued all six passengers trapped inside, all survived. Lessons for passenger boat sector: know vessel stability as well as buoyancy; prioritise safety over commercial expectations; manage risks; ensure the right safety equipment is available; actively lead safety on-board.