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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 191117
Last updated: 17 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA227-AC Metro
Owner/operator:Air Nelson Ltd
Registration: ZK-NSJ
MSN: AC-767
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Christchurch Airport, Canterbury -   New Zealand
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Hokitika
Destination airport:Christchurch Airport
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
On Friday 8 May 1998 Air Nelson Metro ZK-NSJ, Airlink (RLK) 8611, was being operated on a scheduled service at night from Hokitika to Christchurch when the incident occurred. Unforecast fog occurred at the destination and alternate aerodromes. The aircraft made four ILS approaches before being able to land at the destination. No alternative course of action remained available to the crew at that stage because of the low amount of fuel remaining.

Safety issues identified are:
* the procedure for crews to release company agents from departure aerodromes
* the availability of current weather information from company agents at Timaru and Hokitika
* the CAA action to amend Rules to allow category 1 ILS minima to become normal
* the need for pilots to weigh and interpret weather information and not just take issued forecasts at face value.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 061/98 issued 13 October 1998 by TAIC to Air Nelson
Safety recommendation 062/98 issued 13 October 1998 by TAIC to Air Nelson
Safety recommendation 070/98 issued 13 October 1998 by TAIC to CAA NZ

Revision history:

03-Nov-2016 20:12 harro Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
04-Jun-2020 08:07 The2ndBaron Updated [Phase]
12-Oct-2021 03:43 Ron Averes Updated [Operator]
12-Oct-2021 03:55 Ron Averes Updated [Cn, Location]

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