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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 224247
Last updated: 5 November 2019
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Date:22-APR-2019
Time:c. 19:37
Type:Silhouette image of generic BK17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter BK 117
Owner/operator:Southern Lakes Helicopters
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:sea off Yule Island -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Ambulance
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The helicopter operated from Otago Rescue Helicopter and en route to conduct a medevac from a fishing vessel at sea crashed into the sea at night. The three occupants survived the crash. They had survival suits, life jackets and HEEDs. Water temperature reported as 54F/11C. The helicopter was last heard from at 19:37 on approach to the Auckland Islands. The operator reported the helicopter overdue at 20:15, and a search and rescue operation was initiated.

About 10:20 the next day, Rescue Coordination Centre NZ said a fishing boat had found wreckage later confirmed to be a door. About midday, the men were found alive on a beach on Auckland Island, about 450-kilometres south of New Zealand, after more than 16 hours of being missing. Searchers also located the helicopter wreckage inverted in the sea nearby the island.

Sources:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12224398&fbclid=IwAR2daLxFHfLEylOddtXoICYbwfYnqWPLvEfWgmk7DZpkmiTNxu4nY6WbLO0
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/387562/helicopter-crash-in-auckland-islands-three-crew-members-found-alive
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/112219979/auckland-islands-helicopter-crash-survivors-swam-to-shore-in-darkness-after-southern-ocean-crash
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12224813
https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/southland/pilot-out-hospital-inquiry-begins
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https://taic.org.nz/news/taic-opens-inquiry-accident-involving-rescue-helicopter-auckland-islands


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Apr-2019 05:22 gerard57 Added
23-Apr-2019 07:12 gerard57 Updated [Source]
23-Apr-2019 10:25 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
23-Apr-2019 10:39 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
23-Apr-2019 20:50 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
24-Apr-2019 11:15 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
29-Apr-2019 09:29 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
13-May-2019 06:35 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]

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