Preliminary report in ongoing inquiry. For safety critical rubber expansion joints to be fit for purpose, maintenance schedules must account for date of manufacture as well as time in service. On Interislander ferry Kaitaki, one of these joints was too old when it ruptured. The cooling system failed, causing automatic shut-down of main and auxiliary engines. In foul weather, with 900 people on board, ferry drifted towards shore, anchored until repairs completed 1 hour later.
TAIC rail safety report calls for new thinking for transport infrastructure to cope with climate change significant rainfall events. Floodwater washed out rail track ballast, freight train derailed.
TAIC report: Misinterpretations on board a BK117 helicopter during VFR flight using night vision goggles led to controlled flight into terrain (Southern Ocean sea). All 3 on board survived. Safety issues for CAA: requirements and technical standards for NVIS and helicopter air ambulance; crew resource management training and qualifications for non-pilots acting as crew members; guidelines for crew members assisting a pilot during NVIS ops.
TAIC appealing for witnesses who saw, photographed or videoed the two vessels that collided in the Bay of Islands on Thursday 13 April 2023. Commission is opening an inquiry into the accident reportedly involving the collision of a recreational boat with a passenger ferry about midway between Russell and Paihia.
TAIC report: Top priority for all pilots when flying is to fly the aircraft. All pilots should know the aircraft they are flying, their own capability, the increased risks of flying at low level, monitor performance of aircraft accordingly.
TAIC rail safety report: Safety system compliance and fees should be reasonable and not deter anyone from complying. KiwiRail was unaware a road-marking crew would be working on a level crossing; they had not applied for a permit to work there.
The Interislander ferry MV Kaitaki lost power at about 5pm on 28 January 2023. It was en-route from Picton to Wellington with about 800 passengers and 80 crew on board when it suffered a main engine failure and loss of propulsion. It dropped anchor and onboard engineers restored power about 2 hours later. The vessel, escorted by tugs, proceeded to port. TAIC is appealing for videos or photographs from ferry passengers and residents of Wellington’s South Coast.
Shortly after touchdown, a Boeing 777 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. Damage to runway edge lights and aircraft undercarriage. Nobody hurt.
TAIC is investigating an aviation incident involving a Eurocopter AS350 ZK-IDB and Eurocopter EC130 ZK-IUP. The two helicopters got too close to each other during hover-taxi departure from Queenstown airport on 27 December 2022.
TAIC is assisting an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation into a mid-air collision near Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland, on 2 January 2023