TAIC has opened an inquiry into an accident involving an Eurocopter ‘Squirrel’ AS350 helicopter reported to have impacted terrain in the Lammerlaw Range above the Waipoti River, Otago, with one fatality, the pilot, who was the only person on board. TAIC is keen to hear from anyone who heard or saw the helicopter in flight or witnessed the accident.
New TAIC inquiry into derailment of a Kapiti Line commuter train that derailed between Paekākāriki and Pukerua Bay where a landslip had covered the track. All rolling stock remained upright. 82 passengers and 3 staff disembarked with no injuries. TAIC appealing for witnesses – particularly if they can help us with photographs or videos.
Level crossing safety is about more than the necessity of road users and pedestrians following the rules and looking out for trains. The TAIC Watchlist item on safety for pedestrians and vehicles at level crossings shows that safety depends on infrastructure, technology, systems and rules all working together. Any change in one aspect means planners must consider the others.
TAIC calling for witnesses to hot air balloon accident. Balloon experienced difficulty on landing, canopy contacted power lines, draped over a house. Of 11 on board, some ejected from basket in the process. Reportedly, several were injured, including hospitalisations. No fatalities reported.
Helicopter destroyed by heavy landing, severe on-ground shaking. All 5 on board injured, incl. head injuries, one fatal. TAIC recommendations on importance of comprehensive practical training in aircraft type, benefits of wearing helmets.
After a double parachute malfunction, a skydive pair crash-landed into Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown. The tandem rider submerged and was never found after lifejacket didn’t properly inflate. Parachutists need to practice water landings. TAIC recommends changes to aviation rules and incident reporting.
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has appointed Martin Sawyers as its new Chief Executive.
TAIC inquiring into collision involving a train and a light truck at a level crossing on Saunders Rd near Marton, at around 1530 on Thursday 13 May. 1 person travelling in the truck died. TAIC investigation team is on its way and will be on site in the morning
At Wellington Port, a worker was struck by moving wagon, requiring hospital treatment
TAIC has opened an inquiry into the jet boat accident on the Shotover River near Queenstown. Injuries to some persons on board, no fatalities reported. The boat is now in a secure location. TAIC investigators arrived on site 22 March, interviewing witnesses, inspecting boat.