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The accident aircraft (Photo (c) Derek Quinn |

Aviation TAIC opens inquiry into accident involving rescue helicopter at Auckland Islands

23 Apr 2019

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.

Photo - the Seabourn Encore from above | Photo: Seabourn Cruise Line

Marine New TAIC Report - Cruise ship broke moorings in Port of Timaru, Feb 2017

11 Apr 2019

New TAIC report: Cruise ship Seabourn Encore's moorings broke in strong wind, drifted across harbour, collided w. cement carrier. Nobody hurt. There was damage to the wharf and to both ships. Report addresses mooring equipment & procedures; & dealing with change in weather

The accident aircraft (Photo: Rodney Maas /

Aviation TAIC opens inquiry into Diamond DA42 aeroplane accident in Kaimanawa Ranges

24 Mar 2019

TAIC has opened an investigation into the crash of a Diamond DA42 Twin Star in the Kaimanawa Ranges in the central North Island on the evening of Saturday 23 March 2019.

The accident vessel - the Discovery 2

Marine TAIC investigating jet boat accident in Skippers Canyon

23 Feb 2019

The Commission has opened an investigation into the jet boat accident in Skippers Canyon that occurred 23 February.

The helicopter at the site. TAIC photo

Aviation TAIC opens inquiry into accident near Nelson involving firefighting helicopter

17 Feb 2019

TAIC has opened an inquiry into a non-fatal accident involving a AS350 (Squirrel) helicopter engaged in firefighting operations near Nelson on 17 February

The accident scene. Photo: Whakatane Beacon

Rail TAIC reports on fatal collision of freight train and truck at level crossing in October 2017

14 Feb 2019

TAIC's Final Report into a fatal accident involving an empty log train and a refuse collection truck at a level crossing near Kawerau in October 2017 finds the truck very likely did not stop at the stop signs. The truck driver died and the truck was significantly damaged. TAIC recommends law change and immediate work to prune vegetation any vegetation adversely affecting sight lines at level crossings.

The Emerald Princess

Marine TAIC publishes final report fatal accident in 2017 on cruise ship Emerald Princess

17 Jan 2019

TAIC has published its report on the February 2017 accident in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, on board the passenger cruise ship Emerald Princess, in which a nitrogen cylinder burst, causing one fatality. The cylinder burst below its normal operating pressure, because it had been weakened by corrosion. Nitrogen cylinder stored energy systems are common on lifeboat launching installations for cruise ships, and there is a lack of global minimum standards for them.

ZK-HOJ Credit: Airwork (NZ) Ltd

Aviation TAIC publishes interim report on October 2018 fatal Hughes 500 helicopter accident near Wanaka

20 Dec 2018

The Commission has published an interim report on the recent fatal accident near Wanaka Aerodrome on 18 October 2018. The pilot and the two other occupants died in the accident. TAIC Chief Commissioner Jane Meares says a major safety issue highlighted by the interim report is the risk posed by loose items in the cabins of helicopters.

The accident helicopter

Aviation TAIC publishes interim report on July 2018 fatal Robinson R44 helicopter accident over Lake Wanaka

20 Dec 2018

The report issued today is an interim report, so it includes no formal Findings. All evidence (including of any mast bumping) and the role it may have played in the accident sequence is subject to further investigation.

Aviation Case Study:

28 Nov 2018

In October 2016, the Commission placed an item on its Watchlist titled Robinson helicopters: mast bumping accidents in New Zealand. The item was developed in response to a series of 14 accidents or incidents involving these helicopters (investigated either by the Commission or by the Civil Aviation Authority), including nine where low-G mast bumping is known to have occurred. The Commission sees good progress towards implementation of the actions we were seeking when we first placed this item on the Watchlist. The Commission is encouraged by the efforts taken by the sector since this safety issue has been placed on the Watchlist, particularly the manufacturer’s response to our recommendations, and its demonstrated commitment to safety. The sector must continue its efforts to reduce the risk of mast bumping accidents occurring.