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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 191145
Last updated: 31 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AT76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
ATR 72-500 (72-212A)
Owner/operator:Mount Cook Airline Ltd
Registration: ZK-MCP
C/n / msn: 630
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:north of Christchurch -   New Zealand
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
On 30 December 2009, an Aerospatiale-Alenia ATR 72-212A (ATR 72) aeroplane flying between Christchurch and Wellington encountered severe turbulence when about 50 nm north of Christchurch. Approximately 35 minutes later, another ATR 72 aeroplane, also flying from Christchurch to Wellington, encountered severe turbulence in the same general area.
Although no injuries or damage resulted from these incidents, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (the Commission) decided to inquire into the adequacy of the meteorological information available to the pilots before and during the flights, the operator and flight crew action taken to minimise the risks of severe turbulence encounters, and the processes followed by the providers of air traffic and meteorological services in response to pilot reports of significant weather hazards.
The investigation found that the events might have been avoided or been less severe had the operator had a more robust flight dispatch system, and had the air traffic service complied fully with a requirement to pass flight information to pilots on first contact.


Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 045/10 issued 31 August 2010 by TAIC to CAA NZ

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


Photo of ZK-MCP courtesy

Auckland - International (NZAA / AKL)
2006; (c) Günter Schütze

Revision history:

03-Nov-2016 20:29 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Narrative]
31-Jul-2020 05:03 Ron Averes Updated [Operator]

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