into the Shotover
by Richard Waugh
LESSONS FROM A NEW ZEALAND AIR ACCIDENT
“I apologise for being alive, but I am standing up for the rights of all pilots to be able to rely on a thorough investigation of any accident.” Brian Waugh’s exasperated assertion to the Inspector of Accidents still rings true today.
In New Zealand de Havilland DH89 Rapides/Dominies have been continuously flying longer than any other aircraft type – for over 80 years - and with no fatalities. But experienced pilot Brian Waugh’s
Dominie was forced down by engine failure into Queenstown’s Shotover River.
This book tells the absorbing story of this unusual accident. The subsequent intrigue involved engine reliability issues, an inadequate accident investigation, and how Waugh, a licensed aircraft engineer, while recovering from his injuries, happened by chance to inspect one of the engines being dismantled
for overhaul. What he discovered led him to relentlessly advocate for a proper investigation.
Illustrated by many rare photographs and researched from primary records, this story has relevance for today’s aviation industry. Lessons from the past are important as safety continues to be paramount. Professional and robust investigative processes must always follow every air accident in New Zealand.
Has this objective yet to be fully realised?.
Jim Boult, Mayor of Queenstown.
John King, Editor New Zealand Aviation News
1 The Accident
Features – Locality: Shotover River
Aircraft: de Havilland DH89B ZK-AKT
2 Immediate Aftermath
Features – Pilot: Brian Waugh
Airline: NZ Tourist Air Travel (TAT)
3 Later Aftermath
Feature – Airport: Queenstown
4 Advocacy and Struggle
Feature – Early Airliner Accidents in New Zealand
5 Resolution and Lessons .
Feature – Aviation Accidents and Incidents
Afterwords by Tim Burfoot, Barry Cardno, Andrew McGregor,
Chris Payne, Tim Robinson and Hank Sproull
i Air Accident Investigation in New Zealand – a short history
of the origins and development by Graeme McConnell
ii Learnings from Controversial New Zealand Airliner Accidents
iii de Havilland DH89s in New Zealand
iv DH89 Single-Engine Performance
v 2017 Queenstown Airline Reunion
Glossary / Abbreviations
Index by Peter Layne
Soft cover l 280x210mm l 96 pages
Includes colour and black & white illustrations
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