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Flying Coffins of Air New Zealand

Come Fly Air New Zealand! Choose where you want to crash: From the Antarctic, to Mediterranean sea.

Flying to New Zealand despite the environmental toll and moral hazard? Then there’s something else you ought to know:

A 2004 study of accidents between 1990 and 2002 found that New Zealand had five times the rate of small aircraft crashes than the US, and four times that of the UK. [NZ Govt Stats]

A partial list of ‘significant’ New Zealand air disasters or crashes which killed five people or more:

  • May 1938 – Two crew members of a Union Airways Electra that crashed at Māngere, Auckland, were the first people to die on a scheduled air service in New Zealand.
  • May 1942 –  Five people were killed when their aircraft hit Mt Richmond near Nelson. [New Zealand pilots are mountain blind?]
  • June 1942 – Eleven Americans were killed when their aircraft crashed on take off at Whenuapai in Auckland.
  • Sept, 1942 – Hudson bomber crashes near Tasman Bay, six people were killed.
  • 1942 – Liberator bomber crashes near Whenuapai, killing 14.
  • August 1944 – Two Hudson bombers disappear, killing 15.
  • August 1948 – An NAC DC3 freighter hit a ridge overlooking Tory Channel killing two crew.
  • October 1948 – Thirteen people were killd when an NAC Electra flew into Mt Ruapehu.
  • March 1949 – Lodestar flying from Auckland crashed on landing approach at Paraparaumu, killing all 15 onboard.
  • Mar 18, 1949 – NAC Lodestar crashes on approach to Paraparaumu, 15 killed.
  • Nov 21, 1961 – Aero Commander crashes into Mt Ruapehu, six killed.
  • Feb 12, 1962 – Dragonfly crashes in Fiordland, five people were killed.
  • Jul 3, 1963 – NAC DC3 crashes in the Kaimai Ranges, killing 25.
  • Mar 19, 1979 – Cessna crashes near Turangi, six were killed.
  • November 1979, an Air New Zealand DC10 crashed on Mt Erebus in Antarctic, killing all 257 passengers and crew.
  • Dec 9, 1982 – Helicopter crashes at Turoa skifield, Mt Ruapehu, killing five.
  • Jan 2, 1986 – Cessna crashes on takeoff near Picton, killing seven.
  • Oct 4, 1986 – Cessna hits powerlines and crashes into sea in Tory Channel, killing eight.
  • May 12, 1988 – Piper crashes into hills near Wanganui, killing nine.
  • Feb 14, 1989 – Helicopter hits power lines over Shotover River and crashes, five were killed.
  • Aug 8, 1989 – Britten-Normander Islander crashes between Milford Sound and Wanaka, killing 10.
  • Dec 39, 1989 – Two Cessnas collide over Milford Sound, one crashes, killing seven.
  • Oct 25, 1993 – Nomad 23 crashes near Franz Josef Glacier, killing nine.
  • Oct 29, 1994 – Helicopter crashes near Fox Glacier, killing seven.
  • Mar 29, 1995 – Beechcraft crashes near Hamilton, six were killed.
  • June 1995 – Ansett New Zealand Dash 8 crashes near Palmerston North, four killed.
  • January 3, 1997 – Cessna crashes near Queenstown, six killed.
  • January 29, 1996 Cessna Caravan crashes near Picton, killing five.
  • Aug 19, 1998 – Cessna 402 crashes in Foveaux Strait, five killed.
  • Apr 12, 1999 – Helicopter crashes at Lake Poteriteri, five killed.
  • Apr 18, 1999 – Cessna floatplane crashes in Fiordland, five killed.
  • Mar 8, 2000 – Helicopter crashes at Manapouri, killing six .
  • Jan 19, 2001 – Cessna 207 crashes in Fiordland, killing eight.
  • Jun 6, 2003 – Piper Chieftain crashes near Christchurch Airport, eight were killed.
  • November 2008 – Airbus A320 crashed into the Mediterranean sea killing everyone onboard.

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  4. Darryn said

    Interesting facts, but there’s a few things you need to remember about New Zealand. Having flown helecopters and planes over the past few years and knowing the country like the back of my hand I think i’m experienced in this area – [govt-like propaganda edited. Mod]Weather plays a large part in crashes. As the weather comes mainly from the Tasman Sea from the west, the weather is very unpredictable. As it hits the mountain ranges, wind drafts are damgerous and a lot of people forget this. Helecopters are susceptiable and need to be more than experienced to fly around the drafty mountains which tourists want to do. We have many toens and cities situated in mountainous areas and people want to be flown there or site see. The risks in New Zealand are obviously going to be high than in other areas like the deserts and flat lands of Australia, Amercia and England. Englands highest land mass is about the same as 10% of NZ average mountains…. And also, the last airbus crash was an airbus on test after maintance and not in NZ and fault was held to be with overseas maintance crews…. Food for thought !!!

    • te2ataria said

      You’re saying New zealand weather is less predictable than England’s, which isn’t true.
      Moreover, kiwi pilots are downing planes all over the world including the following places:
      South Africa
      Oh, and let’s not forget Antarctica

  5. olivia said

    [Uhhh… But first, one has to take one’s head out of one’s tushi to see the facts. Moderator]

  6. te2ataria said

    Air NZ says Dash-8s won’t be grounded !!

    [They hate euthanasia at Air NZ. They would like their planes dying of natural death and falling out of the sky like birds.]

    Air New Zealand has no plans to ground its fleet of Dash 8 aircraft after a nose wheel failure yesterday, the second in just over four months.

    A Dash 8 Bombardier operated by Air NZ subsidiary Air Nelson made an emergency landing at landing Blenheim Airport when its nose wheel failed to engage.

    Arse Luck!

    The aircraft, with 46 passengers and three crew, landed on its main undercarriage and the pilot kept the nose up for some time before it thumped to the ground. The aircraft scraped along the runway until it stopped.

    Same problem just months ago!

    Last September the nose wheel of an Air New Zealand Dash 8 collapsed as it landed at Blenheim Airport, where it had been diverted from Nelson due to bad weather.


    Air New Zealand said today there was no intention of grounding the 23-strong fleet, pending an investigation.

    “Absolutely not, no. You can knock that one on the head,” spokeswoman Andrea Dale said.
    [someone ought to knock you on the head, puss!]

    She said the two nose wheel near-disaster incidents appear to be unrelated.
    [Just an annoying, F*** coincidence!]

    The Civil Aviation Authority said it would not be prepared to comment on the nose gear failing until today.

    “The nose was completely munted.”


    Mystery bird deaths: ‘Poison not to blame’


  7. NewZealander said

    [You were right. Unintelligent comments and offensive language are moderated. Moderator]

  8. KiwiPilot said

    [see official stats. Moderator N]

  9. Michael said


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