Narrative:Islander ZK-EVK departed from Wanaka on a VFR scenic flight to Milford Sound but failed to arrive. Wreckage from the aircraft was subsequently located on steep snow covered mountainous terrain at elevations up to 5400 feet. Following initial impact, major portions of the aircraft, including the fuselage, had fallen over precipitous bluffs.
|Date:||Tuesday 8 August 1989|
Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
|C/n / msn:|| 583|
|First flight:|| 1977-03-10 (12 years 5 months)|
|Total airframe hrs:||8350|
|Engines:|| 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9|
|Total:||Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Upper Dart Valley (New Zealand)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Wanaka Airport (WKA/NZWF), New Zealand|
|Destination airport:||Milford Sound Airport (MFN/NZMF), New Zealand|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The lack of direct evidence to account, operationally or structurally, for the manner in which the aircraft struck the mountain slope, the remoteness of the site which provided no witness observation to describe the aircraft’s flight path prior to the event and the absence of any survivor, combined to preclude a determination of the accident’s probable cause."
» Aircraft Accident Report No. 89-066 Britten-Norman BN2A Islander ZK-EVK, collided with terrain, Upper Dart Valley, 8 August 1989
Official accident investigation report
Follow-up / safety actions
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Wanaka Airport to Milford Sound Airport as the crow flies is 104 km (65 miles).