Accident description
Last updated: 27 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 8 August 1989
Time:10:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
Operator:Aspiring Air
Registration: ZK-EVK
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: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Upper Dart Valley (   New Zealand) show on map
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
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.

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."

Sources:
» 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
investigating agency: Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) - New Zealand
report status: Final
report number: 89-066
report released:09-DEC-1991
duration of investigation:853 days (2 years 4.1 months)
download report: Britten Norman BN2A-26 Islander, ZK-EVK near Blue Duck Glacier, Upper Dart Valley 8 August 1989 (TAIC 89-066)
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Distance from Wanaka Airport to Milford Sound Airport as the crow flies is 104 km (65 miles).

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