TAIC investigating Boeing 777 loss of control on ground at Auckland Airport

28 Jan 2023
A Boeing 777 passenger plane with landing gear down. File photo.
The incident aircraft. File photo. Copyright Jackson Reilly

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has opened an inquiry into an incident on Friday 27 January 2023 in which a Boeing 777 lost control on the ground. 

The reported circumstances were that a New Zealand-registered Boeing 777, ZK-OKN, was on a scheduled flight -- NZ124 -- from Melbourne to Auckland. The aircraft landed at Auckland International Airport during wind gusts and very heavy rain. 

Chief Investigator of Accidents Naveen Kozhuppakalam says shortly after touchdown, the aircraft briefly lost directional control and the aircraft veered away from the runway centreline.

"The pilot regained control, completed the landing, and taxied the aircraft to the airport terminal."

"There was damage reported to six runway edge lights and to the aircraft’s undercarriage assembly, including deflation of one tyre.

"We've received no reports of injuries to passengers or crew."

Mr Kozhuppakalam has appointed two investigators. 

“The Investigation team have expert knowledge of aircraft operations, engineering and maintenance. 

“Their initial work will be to interview the aircraft crew, air traffic controlers, relevant airport staff and other witnesses."

“They will also inspect the aircraft and runway systems, examining the site of the incident, obtaining any electronic recorded data and records. 

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission opens an inquiry when it believes the circumstances of an accident or incident have - or are likely to have - significant implications for transport safety, or when the inquiry may allow the Commission to make findings or recommendations to improve transport safety.