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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 1353
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B733 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-3K2
Owner/operator:Air New Zealand
Registration: ZK-NGK
MSN: 26318/2731
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 126
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Ohakea Air Force Base -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:WLG
Destination airport:AKL
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
ZK-NGK, an Air New Zealand Boeing 737, en route from Wellington to Auckland, was landed at Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Ohakea as a precaution because of fumes in the cockpit from electrical burning. Nobody was injured in the incident.

The electrical burning resulted from a coffee spill in the cockpit by a different crew about 4 hours earlier. As the coffee dried, the sugar content provided sufficient conductivity to bring about a slow electrical breakdown, which resulted in spurious warning light indications, electrical burning of an avionics component and an eventual short circuit.

Management of crew drinks in the cockpit was a known hazard that had been identified, documented and mitigated by standard operating procedures. A safety issue identified was the need for flight crew to make maximum possible use of available resources, including those beyond the cockpit, during emergency and non-normal situations.



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

Safety recommendation 007/08 issued 4 March 2008 by TAIC to CAA NZ


Photo of ZK-NGK courtesy

Wellington - International (NZWN / WLG)
November 2011; (c) Ian McDonell

Aucklamd International 25Sept2008

Revision history:

01-Feb-2008 02:09 sinzman Added
01-Feb-2008 02:19 harro Updated
21-Jul-2008 04:07 harro Updated
21-Jul-2008 04:07 harro Updated
01-Sep-2009 02:26 flyernzl Updated

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