ZK-NEY. de Havilland Canada 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
It arrived at Christchurch on completion of the delivery flight via the United Kingdom - December 15, 1986
The aircraft was configured to seat 40 passengers
The aircraft was named 'Queenstown'
Operated its first revenue service - December 25, 1986
Ownership was transferred to Ansett New Zealand - February 01, 1987
The aircraft was renamed 'Palmerston North'
It was destroyed (09:22 hours local) some 30 km from Palmerston North whilst on approach to land - June 09, 1995
The aircraft was operating the Auckland - Palmerston North service as AN703 at the time of the accident
Whilst flying the approach to Runway 25 in instrument conditions the 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 the 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 - in the standard livery at Manchester Airport, December 1986.
(G. Ditchfield Copyright Image 2923-146.)
ZK-NEY. Ansett Newmans - 'Queenstown' in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, January 1987.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 2923-109.)
ZK-NEY. Ansett New Zealand - 'Palmerston North' in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Queenstown Airport, February 1987.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 2923-110.)
ZK-NEY. Ansett New Zealand - 'City of Palmerston North' in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Christchurch Airport, January 08, 1990.
(J. Mounce Copyright Image 2923-111.)
ZK-NEY. Ansett New Zealand - 'City of Palmerston North' in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Wellington Airport, February 1990.
(M. Richardson Copyright Image 2923-113.)
ZK-NEY. Ansett New Zealand - 'Palmerston North' in the 'Starmark' livery at Wellington Airport, January 28, 1995.
(M. Richardson Copyright Image 2923-112.)
ZK-NEY. Ansett New Zealand - 'Palmerston North' in the 'Starmark' livery at Wellington Airport, May 1995.
(M. Richardson Copyright Image 2923-114.)