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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46269
Last updated: 3 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Registration: ZK-HTK
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Urewera National Park -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Urewera National Park, NZ
Destination airport:Ruatahuna, NZ
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
On Monday 3 December 2110 at about 1430 hours, Robinson R44 helicopter ZK-HTK was on a commercial transport flight from a remote campsite in the Urewera National Park to Ruatahuna, carrying two hunters whose recovery had been delayed by bad weather.

While flying over the highest terrain en route, where the weather was probably worst, the helicopter collided with trees, fell to the ground and burnt. One survivor was rescued two days later.

The pilot's low experience probably contributed to his perseverance with the flight in conditions of low cloud and poor visibility.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
18-Dec-2011 18:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Aug-2014 06:22 Aerossurance Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]

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