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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 140152
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Time:21:39 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350BA Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Salt Air Ltd
Registration: ZK-IMB
C/n / msn: 2396
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Matai Bay, Karikari Peninsula, NE of Kaitaia -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Kerikeri Aerodrome
Destination airport:
An Aérospatiale AS 350BA Ecureuil helicopter went missing during a fire fighting operation at Matai Bay in New Zealand's Far North. It was located by a searching fishing trawler about 350 meters off the shore of Matai Bay at about 06:40 LT on the 1st of December. The pilot and an employee of the Dept of Conservation didn't survive the crash.

During a firefighting mission the aircraft diverted to search for people reported to have been trapped on a beach by the advancing fire. Visibility was poor due to smoke.

No technical defects identified. The CAA investigation considers that the Pilot probably experienced the effects of spatial disorientation resulting in a loss of control at low level over the sea.

Sources: (photo)

Revision history:

30-Nov-2011 14:38 angels one five Added
30-Nov-2011 15:03 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Phase, Source, Narrative]
30-Nov-2011 16:36 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]
01-Dec-2011 04:06 RobertMB Updated [Narrative]
01-Dec-2011 04:07 RobertMB Updated [Source]
16-Aug-2014 12:02 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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