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Stephen Davies Howard

New Deputy Chief Commissioner

26 Oct 2018

Commissioner Stephen Davies Howard has been appointed Deputy Chief Commissioner from 1 November 2018, replacing Peter McKenzie QC CNZM whose term expires on 31 October. Chief Commissioner Jane Meares said that Mr McKenzie had “made significant contributions of legal wisdom and analytical insight during his tenure”.

The accident helicopter

Aviation TAIC Update #1 AO-2018-009 TAIC inquiry into crash of helicopter near Wanaka Airport

19 Oct 2018

A team of four TAIC has been continuing the evidence gathering for the Commission’s inquiry into the crash of a helicopter near Wanaka Airport. TAIC’s evidence gathering at this early stage of the inquiry is broad to support the many routes that an investigation of this type may follow.

ZK-HOJ Credit: Airwork (NZ) Ltd

Aviation AO-2018-009 TAIC opens inquiry into crash of helicopter near Wanaka Airport

18 Oct 2018

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has opened an inquiry into a helicopter crash that occurred at shortly before 11am today near Wanaka Aerodrome. The Chief Investigator of Accidents, Captain Tim Burfoot, says circumstances reported to date are that the accident involved a Hughes 500 helicopter. “We are in the early stages of gathering information about the aircraft, the circumstances and the people on board,” said Capt. Burfoot.

Chart depicting planned and actual course of the Azamara Quest

Marine TAIC adds navigation in pilotage waters to Watchlist

11 Oct 2018

More needs to be done to address errors in ship navigation in pilotage waters. Errors in navigation in pilotage waters carry the risk of serious consequences for people, the environment, and the economy. The Commission launched a new Watchlist item today to focus the attention of regulators, operators and training providers on solving the problem.

Unmodified Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine

Aviation Vacancy: Manager, Air Investigations

24 Sep 2018

Applications closed on 3 October 2018. The successful applicant will have relevant air transport experience, leadership and investigative skills, and professional or technical qualifications. You will effectively lead those who provide high quality and timely air transport accident investigation services.

Rail investigators on site

Watchlist update 2018

6 Sep 2018

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has completed the 2018 review of its Watchlist, which draws attention to its most pressing safety concerns. The five items have all been updated to reflect recent developments.

The accident helicopter in April 2013. Copyright Patrick Weis

Aviation Media Statement: TAIC opens inquiry into helicopter crash at Lake Wanaka

21 Jul 2018

The Commission has opened an inquiry into a helicopter crash at Lake Wanaka in Otago on Saturday 21 July 2018, involving a Robinson R44 helicopter.

The Francie on Kaipara Harbour. Photo supplied

TAIC report: Capsize and foundering of charter fishing vessel Francie with the loss of eight lives

28 Jun 2018

November 2016: fishing charter vessel Francie capsized crossing Kaipara Harbour bar. 8 people died, 3 survived. More would have survived had all worn lifejackets, more so if fitted with crotch straps.

Image shows damage to monsoon bucket

Aviation TAIC Report on fatal crash of helicopter whilst fighting 2017 Port Hills wildfires

26 Jun 2018

Media statement: TAIC reports on the crash of a helicopter whilst fighting wildfires on the Christchurch Port Hills

The crash scene

Aviation TAIC opens inquiry into crash of MD600N helicopter, remote country NE of Waiouru

15 Jun 2018

TAIC has opened an inquiry into a helicopter crash that occurred at about 9am today at a remote location North East of Waiouru.