News 2022

A rail locomotive lies on its side beside a set of railway points. Railway power lines are overhead, intact. In the distance are shipping containers stacked in land adjoining the rail corridor.

Rail TAIC investigating locomotive derailment at Tamaki, Auckland

1 Jun 2022

A solitary locomotive was travelling from the Ports of Auckland to Westfield. At about 1:30am, it derailed and rolled onto its side at the Tamaki rail siding on the North Island Main trunk. Two of the three crew suffered minor injury.

composite image shows parts of two ships - the rear superstructure of the Capitaine Tasman, a container ship, and the forward hold lids and dockside coal loading machinery for the ETG Aquarius bulker ship

Marine MO-2022-202 & MO-2022-203, Independent inquiry into port operations accidents at Lyttelton and Auckland

27 Apr 2022

TAIC is inquiring into the fatal accidents at Lyttelton Port and Ports of Auckland. The Minister of Transport directed TAIC to inquire into the circumstances and causes of the two accidents and provide an independent safety-focused investigation to determine any potential system-wide lessons. The accident at Ports of Auckland was on 19 April, in which a stevedore reportedly fell from height during loading operations for a container ship. The accident at Lyttelton Port happened on 25 April during coal loading operations for a bulk carrier ship.

Composite image shows 2 photos MV Kota Lembah AND FV Commission

Marine TAIC report summary: MO-2021-203: Collision FV ‘Commission’ and container ship ‘Kota Lembah,’ 

21 Apr 2022

Recommendations relate to: watchkeeping standards & practice; collision prevention rules; fatigue. Fishing vessel suffered non-critical damage when it collided with stationary container ship Kota Lembah.

The planned and actual approaches to Wellington by the three aeroplanes

Aviation Two Dash-8s avoid collision on approach to Wellington Airport

14 Apr 2022

Two Dash-8s avoided collision on approach to Wellington Airport (saved by human and automated systems) after one Dash-8 followed the wrong lead aircraft. Nobody hurt, no damage. All safety issues are resolved, so no new TAIC recommendations.

Marine Independent investigation into Enchanter sinking

21 Mar 2022

The fishing charter vessel Enchanter foundered (filled with water – some parts of the wreck floated, while other parts sank) offshore from North Cape on the night of 20/21 March.

photo depicts balloon basket lying on its side in a cow paddock. The deflated balloon envelope is laid out partially folded across the grass

Aviation Commercial hot air balloon pilots need to buckle up

17 Mar 2022

In a preliminary report on two commercial hot air balloon accidents, TAIC is calling for pilots to be required to wear harnesses during critical phases of flight. Currently they’re exempt. So pilots who follow rules risk being ejected, seriously injured, & losing control of aircraft. All passengers at risk.

The accident  - wreckage. image depicts the helicopter wreck in a paddock beside the Arapito River. the fuselage is largely intact but bent in several places. the tail boom appears broken in several places, as do the main rotor blades, which ar still attached to the main rotor hub

Aviation TAIC investigating helicopter accident at Karamea, 2 January 2022

2 Jan 2022

TAIC has opened an inquiry into a helicopter accident involving a Robinson R22 helicopter at Karamea on the South Island West Coast on 2 January 2022. The helicopter was approaching to land when it experienced difficulties, pitched down and impacted the ground hard. The pilot, the only person on board, has reportedly suffered serious injuries and been flown to hospital.

Photo depicts the accident scene. The basket that held the occupants lies on its side in a paddock. The deflated balloon envelope lies stretched out and folded.

Aviation TAIC investigating hot air balloon accident near Ashburton

1 Jan 2022

TAIC is investigating the hot air balloon accident on the morning of 1 January 2022 near Asburton. TAIC is calling for anyone to come forward if they saw the accident or observed the balloon in flight. Reportedly, during a rough landing, the balloon pilot was ejected from the basket, was caught in a rope, and dragged some way before the balloon came to rest and the basket tipped over. The pilot is reported to have been seriously injured in the accident.