ZK-NES. de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102A. c/n 125.


This aircraft was rolled out of the de Havilland Canada Downsview plant - November 04, 1988

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GETI - ?

Registered to de Havilland Canada, Downsview, Canada

First flown as 'C-GETI' - November 1988

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PWC120A turboprop engines

Accepted by Great China Airlines, Taipei at Downsview - December 09, 1988

Entered onto the Chinese Aircraft Register as B-15203 - ?

Returned to Bombardier Aircraft Trading - November 1995

Sold to Tasman Pacific Airlines of N. Z. Limited - December 1995

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NES - December 01, 1995

Registered to Ansett New Zealand Limited

Arrived Tamworth for overhaul by Eastern Australia Airlines - December 03, 1995

Leased to Ansett New Zealand - April 1996

Ferried Tamworth - Christchurh - April 05, 1996

The aircraft was configured to seat 40 passengers

It was named 'City of Palmerston North'

To understand the Qantas New Zealand lineage please click 'HERE'

Registered to Tasman Pacific Airlines of N.Z. - August 29, 2000

Ansett New Zealand ceased operations - September 03, 2000

Tasman Pacific Airlines of NZ began operating as Qantas New Zealand - September 04, 2000

Qantas New Zealand ceased operations - April 21, 2001

The aircraft was placed in open storage at Christchurch - April 21, 2001

Sold to Finova Capital Plc, Auckland - June 26, 2001

Leased to Origin Pacific Airways Ltd as the registered operator - September 20, 2002

Returned to Finova Capital - June 07, 2003

The aircraft was again placed in open storage at Christchurch

Leased to Airlines of PNG Ltd - July 2003

Departed Christchurch on the ferry flight to Port Morseby - August 20, 2003

Arrived Port Morseby on completion of the ferry flight - August 21, 2003

Ferry route: Christchurch - Norfolk Island - Brisbane - Cairns - Port Moresby

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - August 25, 2003

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-MCJ - August 26, 2003

Registered to Finova Capital Plc

Leased to Airlines of PNG as the registered operator

The aircraft crashed 33 kms south Madang Airport, Papua New Guinea - October 13, 2011

Three crew members and one passenger survived - twenty-eight passengers were killed

The aircraft was written off as 'destroyed'

To read the ATSB report on this accident please click 'HERE'


ZK-NES. Ansett New Zealand - 'City of Palmerston North' in the 'Starmark' livery at Wellington Airport, February 2000.

(M. Richardson Copyright Image 1920-979.)

ZK-NES. Qantas New Zealand - in the standard livery at Wellington Airport, January 2001.

(M. Richardson Copyright Image 1920-980.)