Date: June 09, 1995
Time: 09:22
Location: Near Palmerston North, New Zealand
Operator: Ansett New Zealand
Flight #: 703
Route: Auckland - Palmerston North
AC Type: de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102
Registration: ZK-NEY
cn / ln: 055
Aboard: 21   (passengers:18  crew:3)
Fatalities: 5   (passengers:4  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: As the plane approached Runway 25, the right main landing gear did not extend. While the captain continued the descent the co-pilot carried out the landing gear alternate extension checklist. The plane descended below the minimum safe step-down altitudes for the approach and struck the top of a ridge line. The captain did not ensure the aircraft intercepted and maintained the approach profile during the non-precision instrument approach. The captain's unwise decision to get the landing gear lowered without discontinuing the instrument approach. The captain's distraction from the primary task of flying the aircraft safely during the first officer's attempt to correct a landing gear malfunction.

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