Crash of a Swearingen SA227AC Metro III in Taranaki: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 3, 2005 at 2214 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-POA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Auckland-Blenheim
MSN:
AC-551B
YOM:
1983
Flight number:
AWO023
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
6500
Captain / Total hours on type:
2750.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2345
Copilot / Total hours on type:
70
Aircraft flight hours:
29010
Aircraft flight cycles:
29443
Circumstances:

While descending to Blenheim at 19,900 feet, the crew lost control of its aircraft which broke up in the air. Both occupants were killed.

Crash of a Fokker F27 in Blenheim

Date & Time: Feb 27, 2003 at 1950 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-NAN
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Blenheim-Blenheim
MSN:
10365
YOM:
1968
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While performing a training flight, the crew simulated a gear problem and extended the gear with the emergency system. After landing, the main gear partially collapsed and the aircraft suffered major damage. The crew did not select the main gear handle down system and did not install the gear locking pins.

Crash of an Armstrong Whitworth AW.650 Argosy 222 in Blenheim

Date & Time: Apr 1, 1990
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-SAF
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Christchurch – Wellington
MSN:
6801
YOM:
1965
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
47035
Aircraft flight cycles:
36329
Circumstances:
On final approach to Wellington Airport, the crew selected gear down but the left main gear failed to lock down. The crew decided to divert to Blenheim Airport for an emergency landing. Upon touchdown on runway 25, the left main gear collapsed and the aircraft came to rest. Both pilots escaped uninjured.
Probable cause:
The failure of the left main undercarriage to fully extend was caused by the seizure of the piston rod within the undercarriage jack assembly. The piston rod and the spring housing through which it passed had become scored, eventually resulting in the seizure. The piston rod had been installed, new, in the jack assembly some seven months earlier and had completed 787 landings. Further investigation found that the synthetic wiper ring had been installed incorrectly and would allow foreign material to find its way into the spring housing when the undercarriage was retracted. Additionally, hydraulic components on the undercarriage may have become contaminated during cleaning in an inadequately filtered cleaning booth, which was also used for general cleaning involving the use of abrasive pads.

Crash of a Bristol 170 Freighter 31E in Blenheim

Date & Time: Jan 14, 1981
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-CAM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
13155
YOM:
1953
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing at Blenheim-Woodbourne Airport, the right main gear collapsed. The airplane slid for few dozen yards before coming to rest. All four occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was written off.
Probable cause:
Fatigue crack in landing gear centre fitting.

Crash of a Bristol 170 Freighter 31M near Blenheim: 5 killed

Date & Time: May 27, 1953 at 0859 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NZ5908
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Woodbourne - Whenuapai
MSN:
13061
YOM:
1952
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 06 at Woodbourne AFB in Blenheim, while climbing, the pilot-in-command made a turn to right when the aircraft entered clouds. Six minutes later, the twin engine airplane hit the slope of a mountain located near Taylor Pass, about 12 km southeast of the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed and all five crew members were killed.
Crew:
Cpt Richard Webb,
F/Lt James Brookes,
F/Sgt Phillip Diebert,
Sgt John Collins,
Sgt Thomas Dean.
Probable cause:
It was determined that Captain Richard Webb who was the commanding officer at Whenuapai boarded the flight at Woodbourne. He was not a qualified pilot on the Bristol 170 but was at controls when the accident occurred. It was established that he was seating in the left hand seat while the captain on this flight occupied the right hand seat as pilot in second. The departure was completed under IFR from runway 06 and the airplane entered clouds during the initial climb. Instead of continuing strait ahead over the Cook Strait, the airplane turned to the right over a mountainous area. Navigation instruments were not tuned to the correct beacon (Blenheim NDB), which was considered as a contributory factor.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-30-DK in Rununder Point: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 9, 1948 at 0845 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-AOE
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Blenheim – Paraparaumu
MSN:
16383/33131
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
About 15 minutes after takeoff from Blenheim-Woodbourne Airport, while on a cargo flight to Paraparaumu, the crew encountered poor weather conditions. The aircraft hit the slope of a mountain located in Rununder Point, near Port Underwood, 32 km northeast of Blenheim. Both pilots were killed.
Crew:
Murdo McLeod,
R. J. R. H. Makgill.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of an Airspeed AS.10 Oxford off Blenheim: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 15, 1941 at 1455 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NZ1276
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Woodbourne - Woodbourne
MSN:
2681
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot was performing a training flight with another Airspeed Oxford registered NZ1246. En route, both aircraft collided for unknown reasons. As the pilot of NZ1246 was able to make an emergency landing at RNZAF Woodbourne, NZ1276 crashed into the sea off Blenheim, killing the pilot.
Crew (2nd SFTS):
LAC Alex Haigh.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth in Wellington

Date & Time: Nov 20, 1932 at 0740 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
ZK-AAJ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Blenheim – Wellington
MSN:
914
YOM:
1929
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While approaching Wellington-Rongotai Airport, the pilot performed several S turn when the aircraft stalled and crashed on the golf course of Miramar, near the airport. The aircraft came to rest upside down near the 16th hole. While both occupants were slightly injured, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.