Accidents and Incidents
The CAA investigates aviation accidents and incidents to find the causes, and to prevent them from happening again. Every aviator, from pilots, to engineers, to airlines, to designers, to ground crew, reports their accidents and incidents to the CAA. The CAA's investigators work with the reporter to find out what happened and why. Often a seemingly small event can highlight a potentially serious problem.
Reporting an accident or incident
To report an accident or serious incident
0508 ACCIDENT (0508 222 433)
Monitored 24 hours a day by the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC)
For other safety or security concerns, or questions about occurrence reporting
0508 4SAFETY (0508 472 338)
Answered during office hours (voice mail after hours), or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Report an Occurence Online
To report a Health and Safety at Work Notifiable Event, see Report an Event.
- Report Occurrences Online - this is the easiest option
- Form CA005 Occurrence Report (Word) (can be sent by email to: email@example.com)
- Form CA005AG Occurrence Report (PDF) - Helicopter and Agricultural Aviation (444 KB) (can be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Form CA005B Bird Incident Notification (Word) (can be sent by email to: email@example.com)
- Form CA005D Defect Report (Word) (can be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Form CA005 Occurrence Report (PDF)
- Form CA005B Bird Incident Notification (PDF)
- Form CA005D Defect Report (PDF)
- CAA Section 13A (Word fillable) Emergency Flight Notification and Report (Required under Civil Aviation Act 1990, Section 13A) CAA Section 13A (PDF)
The Microsoft Word versions of the forms above can be completed in the following ways:
- Print the form and complete by hand, or
- Complete the form online, save it* then attach it to an email, or print and post it, or
- Save the form to your computer*, then complete it offline, attach it to an email, or print and post it.
- * In MS Internet Explorer, right click and chose "Save target as". This will vary with other browsers.
- You are advised to save a copy for your records, whichever method you use.
Electronic Occurrence Reporting
- Document holders can continue to use the MS Access-based system until mid-2012, when it will be decommissioned.
- Electronic Data Interface Specifications for Mandatory Occurrence Reports (PDF)
- Download EDI specification zip file
- Safety Reports
- Accident Briefs
- GA Defects
- Fatal Accident Reports
- Other Occurrence Reports
- Note: Some occurrences are investigated by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission, www.taic.org.nz
- Safety Messages
- New Zealand Fixed Wing Aviation Accidents (1995 to 2004) (PDF 1 MB)
| How to Report Occurrences (PDF 1.4 MB)
Ever since the Wright brothers – and Richard Pearce – flew, aviators have looked at flying accidents and near misses to find out what went wrong, and how they can stop it happening again. How to Report Occurrences with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions on how to report, what to report, and who should report, will help you do your bit to keep New Zealand skies safer.
Published Jun 2015