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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 31 July 1989
Time:22:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-580
Operator:Air Freight NZ
Registration: ZK-FTB
C/n / msn: 180
First flight: 1954
Total airframe hrs:29999
Engines: 2 Allison 501-D13D
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Auckland International Airport (AKL) (   New Zealand)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Auckland International Airport (AKL/NZAA), New Zealand
Destination airport:Christchurch International Airport (CHC/NZCH), New Zealand
Flightnumber: 1
Narrative:
Flight Air Freight 1 was a scheduled night freight flight between Palmerston North, Auckland and Christchurch. The crew consisted of a training captain and two new co-pilots who were to fly alternate legs as co-pilot and observer. The co-pilot’s ADI of the Convair CV-580 in question had a known intermittent defect, but had been retained in service. The aircraft’s MEL however did not permit this flight to be undertaken with an unserviceable ADI. The aircraft nevertheless departed Palmerston North and arrived at Auckland at about 20:30. It was unloaded and reloaded with 11 pallets of cargo. On the next leg, to Christchurch, the handling pilot was to be the other co-pilot. Although she had completed her type rating on the Convair 580 this was her first line flight as a crew member. The flight was cleared to taxi to runway 23 for departure. Takeoff was commenced at 21:59. The aircraft climbed to a height of approx. 400 feet when it pitched down. It entered a gradual descent until it contacted the ground 387 m beyond the end of runway 23 and 91 m left of the extended centreline. The aircraft then crashed and broke up in the tidal waters of Manukau Harbour.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The probable cause of this accident was the training captain’s failure to monitor the aircraft’s climb flightpath during the critical stage of the climb after take-off."

Classification:

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

Sources:
» Aircraft Accident Report No. 89-064
» ICAO Adrep Summary 6/91 (#8)


Follow-up / safety actions

TAIC issued 8 Safety Recommendations

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Photos

photo of Convair CV-580 N14278
N14278 exported to New Zealand as ZK-FTB in May 1989
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Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Auckland International Airport to Christchurch International Airport as the crow flies is 744 km (465 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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