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Helicopter company licence finally suspended, 6 months after fatal crash

Posted by te2ataria on May 30, 2016

Civil Aviation Authority finally suspends the Air Operating Certificate of Alpine Adventures

The South Island helicopter firm involved in the fatal crash at Fox Glacier last year has finally been grounded over safety issues six months later.

The Civil Aviation Authority [finally took their thumb out of their backside and] suspended the Air Operating Certificate (AOC) of James Patrick Scott, whose company, Alpine Adventures, has operated flights in Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, and Tekapo.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) director Graeme Harris confirmed the suspension while the CAA investigated concerns about the safety of the operation.

Seven people were killed in the November 2015 crash including the Dutch-born 28-year-old pilot Mitch Gameren, four visitors from England—Andrew Virco of Cambridge, 50, Katharine Walker of Cambridge, 51, Nigel Edwin Charlton of Hampshire, 66, Cynthia Charlton of Hampshire, 70, and two tourists from  New South Wales, Asutralia—Sovannmony Leang, 27, and Josephine Gibson, 29.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/80537524/Fox-Glacier-helicopter-company-licence-suspended-after-fatal-crash

How Many Foreigners Killed in NZ Since 2000?

About 3,500 overseas visitors, international students, foreign workers, recent emigrants and refugees have lost their lives and 20,000 others seriously injured in New Zealand since year 2000.

The State’s other Stinking Secrets

Truth hurts New Zealand tourism. The average tourist would not visit this country, if they knew true extent of the daily carnage on our deadly roads. Therefore:

To protect the tourism industry, about two-thirds of the road fatalities in New Zealand go unreported by our political police, or unrecorded by Minitru [“Ministry of Transport”.]

About 2.7 million licensed but not necessary qualified drivers, half million or so unlicensed/unqualified drivers and more than one million tourists (per year) drive on New Zealand death roads.

A large number of the above drive a vehicle under the influence (illicit drugs, banned substances, prescription medication…), while intoxicated, fatigued or mentally unfit, resulting in inordinate numbers of fatalities and injuries. [Other factors for the carnage include deadly roads, road unworthy vehicles…]

Between 2001 and 2014, New Zealand’s vehicle fleet reportedly increased by 32 per cent, while the population grew by 16 per cent and foreign travel was up by 15 per cent.  And over the last 10 years the number of international visitors has increased by about 30 per cent.

Today is DAY 165 of the latest NZ TOURISTS or truth? (police censorship of road fatalities) campaign

  • Blog estimate: About 900 people are killed on NZ roads each year. [Most probably] up to 370 road fatalities have occurred in NZ since 1 January 2016

How do they do it?

Police manipulate the road toll by censoring reports of fatal crashes, while the Ministry of Transport simply delete the unwanted road fatalities, even from their published records.

Only one road fatality recorded, despite at least two reported fatal crashes since Thursday. There were also six people critically injured, whose fates remain unknown.

Truck flips into water killing driver in Far North
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11647143

Man killed in car crash near Christchurch
A man was killed after he was thrown from his vehicle in a car crash southwest of Christchurch on Friday night.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/80489326/Man-dead-after-single-vehicle-crash-near-Christchurch

nz road toll - doctored by police -30may2016

Thursday, May 26

doctored by police - nz road toll - 26may2016

http://www.transport.govt.nz/research/roadtoll/

Other News  in Drips…

Police makes another Trump-type statement: no public risk in Hamilton schoolground incident [believe us!]

The perfidious police remain tight-lipped over the nature of an incident at a Waikato school which left a woman hospitalised.   http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/80505558/Police-no-public-risk-in-Hamilton-schoolground-incident

Homelessness

UN investigating Cork homelessness crisis

The UN has questioned the Irish government over the lack of emergency shelter, safe drinking water and sanitation for homeless people in Cork.

The office of the UN high commissioner for human rights acted after a complaint from the House the Homeless and Hydrate the Homeless groups in Cork. The UN had raised similar concerns with Irish officials nine months ago but has had no response.  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/un-investigating-cork-homelessness-crisis-8hg8wzmw9

Of course, they would be prevented by Helen Clark, if they were to investigate homelessness in Auckland.

‘They need to get off their arse’ – evicted Auckland tenant slams Govt over handling of housing crisis

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/they-need-get-off-their-arse-evicted-auckland-tenant-slams-govt-over-handling-housing-crisis

Potentially Deadly Trucks

Police order ONLY 35 trucks off road

Police have ordered 35 heavy vehicles off the road after they were found to be unsafe during a four-day operation in the South Island.

The operation undertaken in Christchurch, Blenheim, Ashburton and North Canterbury stopped more than 1000 heavy vehicles and issued 104 infringement notices to drivers between May 16-22. [NZ Newswire]

Man may have been thrown from car in crash
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11647455

Former Waikato woman feared dead after being dragged by a crocodile in North Queensland

Cindy Waldron, 46, was swimming with friend Leeann Mitchell when the attack occurred at Thornton Beach, Daintree, about 10pm on Sunday. She screamed “A croc has got me.”  http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/80538443/A-search-is-on-for-a-Kiwi-woman-after-a-croc-attack

Convicted trout poacher: NZ justice system ‘racist’

Thomas Tawha, the man jailed for poaching trout alongside his cousin David Leef, says the justice system is prejudiced against Māori.

This follows Ara Adams-Tamatea’s Facebook post, pointing out the difference in sentencing between a group of white men, and Leef, that gained huge traction online last week.

It read: “Both parties broke the law, and both parties were sorry. One party committed burglaries to the tune of $80k for fun while the other stole 10 fish to feed his family. Both crimes in the eyes of the law and I’m not disputing that. One gets to “serve time” at home with their family while the other has to serve jail time and leave his family. Take a wild guess who has to go to jail for stealing 10 fish. Not 80,000 fish or $80,000 worth of fish. 10 fish VS $80k of private property.” http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/convicted-trout-poacher-nz-justice-system-racist-2016052912
This Blog Said: Apartheid Judge Duncan Harvey Fucks UP Big Time  Posted on May 16, 2016

The Top Cow and Her Judges

More complaints about top Cow Dame Sian Elias’ judges, but farm says rules ‘ridiculous’

Judges owned by the top cow Dame Sian Elias have wandered into Canterbury waterways at least three times since a warning issued in January.

Stock from The Lakes station in North Canterbury have been in Lake Sumner, and in the Hurunui River, which is a clear breach of the rules.

Environment Canterbury (ECan) issued Elias and Fletcher a warning after a holidaymaker photographed their cows standing in Lake Taylor, which borders a Department of Conservation (Doc) campsite, in January.

After an investigation, ECan determined they had breached the rules but stopped short of issuing a fine, saying it was an isolated incident.   http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/80360205/more-complaints-about-top-judge-dame-sian-elias-cows

ECan has since used various excuses in February, March and April to not issue fines, despite overabundance of odorous evidence, cow excrement on both sides of the Hurunui River, and both in Lake Taylor and Lake Sumner.

 

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Long legacy of air disasters in New Zealand

Posted by te2ataria on November 21, 2015

7 killed in the latest episode of NZ air disasters

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]

In the latest disaster that occurred in Fox Glacier on Saturday seven people were killed including six tourists, four British and two Australians, and the [Dutch?] pilot named as Mitch [van] Gameren, 28.

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.
  • September 4, 2010 – Fletcher FU24-95 crashes near Fox Glacier air strip, nine dead.

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‘Four Britons and two Australians’ among 7 killed in NZ chopper crash

Posted by te2ataria on November 21, 2015

More than  3,400 overseas visitors, international students,  foreign workers, recent emigrants… have lost their lives and 18,000 others seriously injured in New Zealand since 2000.

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]

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Fox Glacier victims nationalities revealed

Saturday, 21 November 2015 – 8:56pm

Tasman Police said:

“It is believed two [of the helicopter crash victims] were Australians and four were from the United Kingdom. Formal identification of those people will take some time”. http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/fox-glacier-victims-nationalities

“The helicopter that crashed is believed to be a Eurocopter “Squirrel” operated by local firm Alpine Adventures,” according to a report.

The police have not said how long the tourists had stayed alive in New Zealand before the fatal crash. An English tourist who had survived an Australian holiday, was “road-murdered” in a two-car collision within 1o hours of arriving in New Zealand, about two weeks  ago.

Other details of the crash:

  • The helicopter crashed in a crevasse 2500ft (762m) up the valley and debris was scattered hundreds of metres around the crash site, said Inspector John Canning, adding that the recovery would be very difficult in the dangerous terrain..
  • The company involved is reportedly “Alpine Adventures”.
  • The chopper took off despite bad weather. “Weather conditions were poor at Fox Glacier at the time of the crash.”
  • St John was alerted to the crash at 11.05am on Saturday.

Helicopter Crashes in New Zealand

An inordinate number of air crashes involving helicopters and planes of all sizes occur in NZ each year. Helicopters flown by NZ pilots, both civilian and military, are also known to have crashed in other countries.  (Search blog content for some of the details).

Nine people were killed when a plane carrying skydivers to Fox Glacier crashed shortly after takeoff in September 2010.

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