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Following a request from the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission, ATSB is providing assistance regarding the recorder data from a Metroliner which was involved in an accident in New Zealand on 03 May 05.


On 3 May 2005, Metroliner SA227-AC, registered ZK-POA, was operating a freight service from Auckland to Blenheim, New Zealand. The aircraft was reported to have experienced an in-flight breakup near Stratford and both pilots, the only occupants, were fatally injured.

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) of New Zealand was responsible for investigating this accident and requested assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to recover information from the flight recorders. In accordance with the Transport Safety Investigation (TSI) Act 2003, the Executive Director of the ATSB approved the request and the recorders were transported to the ATSB by a TAIC investigator on 16 May 2005.

The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR) were examined by ATSB recorder specialists and information was successfully recovered from both recorders.

Once it has been completed, a copy of the TAIC investigation report (05-006) may be found at: www.taic.org.nz or by contacting:

PO Box 10-323
Wellington 6036
New Zealand

General details
Date: 03 May 2005 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0949 UTC  
Location   (show map):Stratford, North Island New Zealand Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: International Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 21 February 2006 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Technical Analysis 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Fairchild Industries Inc 
Aircraft model: SA227 
Aircraft registration: ZK-POA 
Serial number: 551 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
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Last update 16 February 2016