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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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