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.)