13 Aug 2014

Faulty equipment cited in skier's death

10:23 pm on 13 August 2014

A coroner's report has found faulty ski equipment to be the most likely cause of death of a Swedish man who died on Aoraki-Mount Cook.

Magnus Sigurd Josef Kastengren, a professional skier, died while skiing with his friend Carl Fransson after sliding 600 metres down a steep, icy face towards Hooker Glacier on 3 November last year.

A report by Coroner David Crerar says evidence from Mr Fransson suggests that the likely cause of death was a faulty ski binding.

Mr Crerar said it is possible that Mr Kastengren made a mistake while skiing, but given his experience, an equipment failure was most likely.

The Coroner recommended that equipment be checked by a friend before embarking on high-risk activities.