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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2016
Date:Sunday 19 March 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander
Operator:Sounds Air
Registration: ZK-SFE
C/n / msn: 406
First flight: 1974
Total airframe hrs:3166
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tiraora Lodge (   New Zealand)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Koromiko, New Zealand
Destination airport:Tiraora Lodge airstrip, New Zealand
While attempting to land at Tiraora Lodge the pilot was dazzled by low sun and elected to overshoot. The aircraft made a low turn to avoid high ground, struck a telephone wire and descended out of control into the sea.

CONCLUSION: The probable cause of this accident was the pilotís decision to continue to fly the aircraft, at 200 feet amsl, past the point from which a missed approach could be successfully achieved, when he was unable to see the position of the runway, its threshold or the windsock.

Other contributory factors were:
The pilotís unfamiliarity with the Tiraora Lodge Airstrip,
The pilotís inadequate training in strip operation and on the aircraft type
The pilotís failure to check the position of the aircraftís flaps, visually, during the missed approach procedure when he believed the flap position indicator to be unreliable,
The pilotís unfamiliarity with the aircraftís flap operating system,
The lack of a suitable wind measuring device or other information on
the local winds in the area and the presence of a substantial downflow in the area of the attempted missed approach,
Obstructions within the obstruction free area prescribed for approved landing grounds, and
The absence of supervision of the airline by the regulatory authority.

» Aircraft Accident Report No. 89-032 Britten Norman BN-2A-21 Islander ZK-SFE Northwest Bay, Pelorus Sound 19 March 1989

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) - New Zealand
report status: Final
report number: TAIC 89-032
report released:19 November 1990
duration of investigation: 1 year and 8 months
download report: Britten Norman BN-2A-21 Islander ZK-SFE, struck a wire and descended into the sea, Northwest Bay Pelorus Sound, 19 March (TAIC 89-032)

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