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What happened here?

Sifting the lessons from the wreckage

The CAA has chosen six accidents/incidents to represent the common themes seen in New Zealand over the last 5-10 years.

Those themes are:

  • Unstabilised approaches and poorly executed go-arounds;
  • The perils of becoming distracted from your primary role – to fly the aircraft;
  • Pilots flying together – it can end well or it can end badly;
  • Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) continues to be a significant accident cause, often with fatal outcomes;
  • Multi-engine single-pilot IFR flying will be some of the most challenging flying a pilot can do – it is critically important that those organisations carrying out these operations have sound procedures to train and mentor their pilots; and
  • The challenging environment of flight instruction.

Take a tour with us through these accidents and incidents and learn the lessons you will hopefully never have to learn through your own experience.

The CAA would like to sincerely thank all those families and pilots who have allowed us to share their experiences so that together we can save lives.