ZK-NEY. de Havilland DHC-8-102A. c/n 055.
This aircraft was ordered new by Newman's Air Limited, New Zealand - ?
It was built by de Havilland Aircraft Inc, Downsview, Ontario, Canada
It was rolled out at the Downsview plant - November 26, 1986
Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GFRP - November 26, 1986
Registered to de Havilland Aircraft Inc, Ontario, Canada
First flown as C-GFRP - November 1986
Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PWC120A turboprop engines
It was accepted by Ansett Newmans at Downsview - December 1986
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NEY - December 02, 1986
Registered to Newmans Air Limited, Nelson, New Zealand
Arrived Christchurch on completion of the delivery flight - December 15, 1986
The aircraft was configured to seat 40 passengers
The aircraft was named 'Queenstown'
Operated first revenue service - December 25, 1986
Ownership transferred to Ansett New Zealand - February 01, 1987
The aircraft was renamed 'Palmerston North'
Destroyed (09:22 hours local) some 30 km from Palmerston North whilst on approach to land - June 09, 1995
Aircraft was operating flight Auckland - Palmerston North as AN703
Flying the approach to Runway 25 in instrument conditions crew experienced a landing gear problem
The starboard main landing gear failed to extend when the gear was lowered
The crew failed to monitor their descent accurately and aircraft descended below the safe step-down altitude
When it aircraft struck the top of a ridge and crashed 1 crew member and 3 passengers were killed
Flight crew: Captain G. Sotheran; F/O B. Brown; Flight Attendant K. Gallagher
The aircraft had flown 22,154 hours with 24,976 cycles
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - June 1995
To view the full accident report please click 'HERE'
ZK-NEY. Ansett Newmans - 'Queenstown' in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, January 1987.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-685.)
ZK-NEY. Ansett New Zealand - 'Palmerston North' in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Queenstown Airport, February 1987.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-666.)