News 2024

Mosaic of photos of TAIC accident investigators on site

TAIC hiring data recovery specialist

We're seeking a technical data expert to join the investigation services team. It's a specialist role, interesting work, with smart people, doing good. It will expose you to an incredibly interesting environment assisting in interpretation of recovered data for air, marine, and rail investigations.

Photo across Queenstown Airport's Southern Apron with the two helicopters airborne in the middle distance

Aviation Final report on reported air proximity incident at Queenstown Airport

2 helicopters came into potential conflict due to contrasting mental models, confusion over who is doing what, congested airspace. CAA and others are working to address safety issue, so no recommendation.

The ship aground.

Marine TAIC investigating Aratere grounding

TAIC is opening an inquiry into the incident involving the Interislander ferry Aratere ferry, which reportedly ran aground in the late evening of 21 June 2024, soon after it departed Picton.

Freight wagons lie in their sides, beside tracks deformed by flood washout

Rail TAIC report - train derailment in foul weather

Freight train derailed after floodwater washed out track ballast. TAIC issues 3 recommendations to KiwiRail to resolve safety issues with:
-- foul weather responsiveness nationwide;
-- staff training to deal with foul weather;
-- knowledge of risks and hazards associated with waterways next to its railways.

Side view of the MD500 helicopter stationary on the ground

Aviation Report on MD500 helicopter crash, Wanaka, October 2018

Final report on fatal helicopter accident near Wānaka shines light on dangers of helicopter doors opening in flight.
-- Pilots: promptly report any anomalies.
-- Operators: enforce correct securing of cargo.
-- Aircraft manufacturers: provide clear instructions for maintenance.
-- Regulators: ensure rules and regulations are clear for all concerned.

The incident aircraft, a Airbus A320 passenger jet viewed at low altitude from below with its landing gear down

Aviation TAIC investigating A320 runway excursion, Christchurch

The aircraft experienced a steering issue upon landing, causing it to veer off the runway -- a runway excursion. The aircraft was subsequently towed to the terminal. nobody hurt. TAIC keen to hear from people with video footage.

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TAIC publishes Watchlist 2024

Safety alerts for workers in the rail corridor, for owners and operators of trains and heavy vehicles at level crossings, and for recreational boaties are all new in the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) Watchlist 2024.

Aviation TAIC assisting Chile investigation into LATAM flight LA800 accident

The accident involving LATAM flight LA800 occurred in international airspace. TAIC is assisting DGAC Chile.