ASN logo
Date:Sunday 19 March 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander
Operator:Sounds Air
Registration: ZK-SFE
MSN: 406
First flight: 1974
Total airframe hrs:3166
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tiraora Lodge (   New Zealand)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Koromiko, New Zealand
Destination airport:Tiraora Lodge airstrip, New Zealand
While attempting to land at Tiraora Lodge the pilot was dazzled by low sun and elected to overshoot. The aircraft made a low turn to avoid high ground, struck a telephone wire and descended out of control into the sea.

Probable Cause:

CONCLUSION: The probable cause of this accident was the pilot’s decision to continue to fly the aircraft, at 200 feet amsl, past the point from which a missed approach could be successfully achieved, when he was unable to see the position of the runway, its threshold or the windsock.

Other contributory factors were:
The pilot’s unfamiliarity with the Tiraora Lodge Airstrip,
The pilot’s inadequate training in strip operation and on the aircraft type
The pilot’s failure to check the position of the aircraft’s flaps, visually, during the missed approach procedure when he believed the flap position indicator to be unreliable,
The pilot’s unfamiliarity with the aircraft’s flap operating system,
The lack of a suitable wind measuring device or other information on
the local winds in the area and the presence of a substantial downflow in the area of the attempted missed approach,
Obstructions within the obstruction free area prescribed for approved landing grounds, and
The absence of supervision of the airline by the regulatory authority.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 8 months
Accident number: 89-032
Download report: Final report
Language: English

» Aircraft Accident Report No. 89-032 Britten Norman BN-2A-21 Islander ZK-SFE Northwest Bay, Pelorus Sound 19 March 1989

Follow-up / safety actions

TAIC issued 22 Safety Recommendations

Show all...


Add your photo of this accident or aircraft
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.
languages: languages


The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2022 Flight Safety Foundation

701 N. Fairfax St., Ste. 250
Alexandria, Virginia 22314