TAIC has opened an inquiry into a rail accident today (24 April 2020) in which a freight train collided with a hi-Rail vehicle at about 1505, on the main south-line between Milton and Henley, near Dunedin.
TAIC inquiries are continuing as normal. All Transport Accident Investigation Commission staff are working remotely, where necessary via telephone and online conferencing. Please follow the link further information.
Two broken springs caused ATR passenger aircraft to divert and make emergency landing. Little damage, no injuries.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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.