Fatal Gliding Accidents in New Zealand

Introduction

Examination of the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) published reports on recent fatal gliding accidents indicates a variety of accident causes. These range from controlled flight into terrain, pilot incapacitation, likely use of illegal narcotics, stalls, spins and general loss of control while flying with minimal terrain clearance. Universally however, all of these accidents were the result of range of human factors and were not associated with mechanical failure in any way.

By investigating each of these accidents and identifying causal factors as they relate to the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS), pilot awareness may be heightened and safety improved.

Recent Fatal Gliding Accidents in New Zealand
Registration Date Location Description
ZK-GDV 18 October 1998 Near Blenheim Stall with insufficient height to recover5
ZK-GTR 4 January 1999 Maramarua In-flight incapacitation leading to loss of control4
ZK-GVW 22 January 2002 Near Omarama Inadvertent spin while ridge soaring1
ZK-GRE 17 December 2003 Manawaru In-flight incapacitation leading to loss of control3
ZK-GIX 12 January 2005 Omarama Saddle Cannabis usage and controlled flight into terrain2
G-OJTA 15 November 2006 Mount Prospect Controlled flight into terrain6
D-2929 21 December 2007 Turret Peaks Controlled flight into terrain8
ZK-GJO 11 February 2008 Waharoa Loss of control during a low level turn7
ZK-GYY 27 February 2009 Mount Saint Cuthbert Investigation pending9
ZK-GVP 28 October 2009 Bombay Hills Investigation pending10

Fatal Gliding Accidents by Location

Fatal New Zealand Gliding Accident Sites1
North Island South Island
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HFACS Analysis

References
1. Carrelli, M. A. (2002). CAA Aircraft Accident Report: Occurrence No 02/99. Retrieved from http://www.caa.govt.nz/Accidents_and_Incidents/Accident_Reports/ZK-GVW_Fatal_22Jan2002.pdf on 23 August 2010.
2. Carrelli, M. A. (2006). CAA Aircraft Accident Report: Occurrence No 05/31. Retrieved from http://www.caa.govt.nz/Accidents_and_Incidents/Accident_Reports/ZK-GIX_Fatal_12Jan2005.pdf on 23 August 2010.
3. Daley, J. A. (2006). CAA Aircraft Accident Report: Occurrence No 03/3668. Retrieved from http://www.caa.govt.nz/Accidents_and_Incidents/Accident_Reports/ZK-GRE_Fatal_17Dec2003.pdf on 23 August 2010.
4. Hunt, M. G. (1999). CAA Aircraft Accident Report: Occurrence No 99/1. Retrieved from http://www.caa.govt.nz/Accidents_and_Incidents/Accident_Reports/ZK-GTR_Fatal_04Jan1999.pdf on 23 August 2010.
5. Hunt, M. G. (1999b). CAA Aircraft Accident Report: Occurrence No 98/2908. Retrieved from http://www.caa.govt.nz/Accidents_and_Incidents/Accident_Reports/ZK-GDV_Fatal_18Oct1998.pdf on 23 August 2010.
6. Moselen, A. (2008). CAA Aircraft Accident Report: Occurrence No 06/4214. Retrieved from http://www.caa.govt.nz/Accidents_and_Incidents/Accident_Reports/G-OJTA_Fatal_15_Nov_06.pdf on 23 August 2010.
7. Moselen, A. (2010). CAA Aircraft Accident Report: Occurrence No 08/497. Retrieved from http://www.caa.govt.nz/Accidents_and_Incidents/Accident_Reports/ZK-GJO_Fatal.pdf on 23 August 2010.
8. Wright, P. S. (2008). CAA Aircraft Accident Report: Occurrence No 07/4533. Retrieved from http://www.caa.govt.nz/Accidents_and_Incidents/Accident_Reports/D-2929_Fatal.pdf on 23 August 2010.
9. FLIGHT SAFETY FOUNDATION (2010). Aviation Safety Network Wikibase Occurrence # 58815. Retrieved from http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=58815 on 12 September 2010.
10. FLIGHT SAFETY FOUNDATION (2010). Aviation Safety Network Wikibase Occurrence # 69463. Retrieved from http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=69463 on 12 September 2010.

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