Investigation into NZone accident


A parachute and camera footage are among items that will be examined during an investigation into a skydiving accident that left an employee of Queenstown tourism operation NZONE Skydive seriously injured on Sunday.

The 36-year-old skydive cameraman remains in intensive care after surgery.

He sustained serious head, chest and arm injuries in what was the second accident involving a NZone cameraman in three months.

Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Mike Eng says two of its investigators began the inquiry on Monday.

They would examine any equipment and company documentation, and interview company staff and other witnesses.

The Queenstown man was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital after the incident near Jacks Point.

The company says their employee was accompanying a group of tandem skydive customers on a jump when a gear malfunction caused him to ”impact the ground at speed”.

NZONE told the Otago Daily Times on Monday that he was ”stabilised” after surgery on the night of the accident. 

Eng says it’s unclear how long the investigation will take, but was likely to be “in the order of months, possibly longer”.

The CAA was responsible for conducting aviation accident investigations in accordance with the Health and Safety in Employment Act, he says.

In June, another NZone cameraman sustained leg injuries after an awkward landing.