ZK-MCW. Aerospatiale ATR-72-212. c/n 458.
Was also registered as: F-WQLK; N532AS; F-WQNB; XY-AIE.
This aircraft was ordered new by Air New Zealand - ?
Built by Avion de Transport Regional (ATR) at Toulouse, France
First flown (T1) Toulouse (Blagnac) - Toulouse (Blagnac) as 'F-WWLO' - June 20, 1995
Accepted by Air New Zealand at Toulouse (Blagnac) - December 07, 1995
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-MCW - December 08, 1995
Registered to Mount Cook Airline Limited, Christchurch, New Zealand
The aircraft was named 'Christchurch'
Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to New Zealand as SXI? - December 08, 1995
It arrived at Christchurch on completion of the delivery flight - December 14, 1995
Route: Toulouse - Alexandria - Al Ain - Nagpur - Penang - Kupang - Brisbane - Christchurch
Operated its first Mount Cook revenue service Christchurch - ? as NZ? - December 1995
The aircraft was withdrawn from service at Christchurch - January 2000
Departed Christchurch on the ferry flight to France - January 18, 2000
It arrived at Toulouse (Francazal) on completion of the ferry flight - January 25, 2000
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - January 25, 2000
Entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-WQLK - January 25, 2000
Departed Toulouse on the ferry flight to the United States - March 2000
It arrived at Atlanta on delivery to Atlantic Southeast Airlines - March 31, 2000
Cancelled from the French Aircraft Register - March 31, 2000
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N532AS - March 31, 2000
Registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, Salt Lake City, Utah
Leased to Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) as the registered operator
It was withdrawn from service at Atlanta, Georgia - February 2005
Departed Atlanta on the ferry flight to Toulouse (Francazal) on return to ATR for storage - February 22, 2005
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - October 14, 2005
Entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-WQNB - October 14, 2005
The aircraft was prepared for lease to Air Bagan, Myanmar
Cancelled from the French Aircraft Register - February 2006
Entered onto the Burmese Aircraft Register as XY-AIE - February 2006
Leased to Air Bagan as the registered operator
The aircraft was destroyed whilst taking off at Putao, Myanmar - February 19, 2008
The crew aborted the take-off roll due to engine problems
Unable to stop within the remaining runway length available it over-ran by some 30 metres
It mounted an embankment causing the fuselage to break forward of the wing
There were no fatalities to the 57 occupants
The aircraft was written off
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ZK-MCW. Air New Zealand Link - in the original livery with additional 'Mount Cook Airline' titles at Wellington Airport, January 1996.
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