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Last updated: 17 May 2021
Status:Offizieller Zwischenbericht
Datum:Mittwoch 27 Dezember 2006
Zeit:10:00
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander
Fluggesellschaft:Island Air Charters
Kennzeichen: ZK-WNZ
Werknummer: 278
Baujahr: 1971-05-06 (35 years 8 months)
Triebwerk: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:ca 7 km W off Tauranga Airport (TRG) (   Neuseeland)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Leerflug
Flug von:Tauranga Airport (TRG/NZTG), Neuseeland
Flug nach:Hamilton Airport (HLZ/NZHN), Neuseeland
Unfallbericht:
The pilot was ferrying the aircraft from Tauranga Airport (TRG) to a Hamilton Airport (HLZ) maintenance facility when one of the engines failed. The pilot elected to turn back to Tauranga but, shortly after, the remaining engine failed. The pilot carried out a forced landing into a tidal estuary. The aircraft incurred substantial damage to the nose landing gear. Subsequent CAA safety investigation determined that on an earlier flight, the aircraft's electrical system incurred a defect that rendered several electrical components unserviceable, including the two tip/main fuel tank selector valves. No engineering inspection or rectification ensued and the operator ferried the aircraft from Great Barrier Island unaware that the engines were being fed from the tip tanks only. The operator departed Tauranga for Hamilton under similar circumstances, reaching the vicinity of the Kaimai Ranges when the tip tanks became empty.
The plane stuck fast in the mud and was kept afloat overnight by drums. It was airlifted by a Mil Mi-8 helicopter the next day.

Informationsquelle:
» Airline and pilot banned after crash landing (NZPA, 29-12-2006)
» CAA NZ Occurrence # 06/4799


Fotos

photo of BN-2A-27-Islander-ZK-WNZ
accident date: 27-12-2006
type: Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander
registration: ZK-WNZ
photo of BN-2A-27-Islander-ZK-WNZ
accident date: 27-12-2006
type: Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander
registration: ZK-WNZ
 

Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
06 MAY 1971 G-AYYA first flight
06 MAY 1971 VH-ISE Islander Aircraft Sales
26 JUL 1973 VH-ISE
VH-ISE Islandair Pty
20 JUN 1979 N8021M Tonga Air
04 OCT 1979 N8021M Samoan Airlines
N8021M Manu'a Air Transport
ZK-WNZ Southern Air, Invercargill
ZK-WNZ New Zealand Air Services
ZK-WNZ Wings Over Whales
26 OCT 2004 ZK-WNZ Island Air Charters

» source: Werner Fischdick

Map
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 Tauranga Airport to Hamilton Airport as the crow flies is 79 km (49 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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