ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145760
Last updated: 30 July 2014
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Time:02:50 p.m.
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 369D 500D
Owner/operator:Way to Go Heliservices Ltd.
Registration: ZK-HXZ
C/n / msn: 1170233D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:An isolated lake in north Canterbury -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
The helicopter crashed into an isolated lake in north Canterbury on Monday 21 May 2012.
A police spokesman said no wreckage, nor the pilot, had been found yet.

The helicopter was one of two Rangiora-based Hughes 500s spraying gorse for the Department of Conservation on Monday afternoon.

When one failed to return just before 3pm, the pilot of the other helicopter returned to the scene and spotted wreckage in the lake.

The area is part of the Lake Sumner Conservation Park.

The helicopter, with Rangiora pilot Michael Graeme Mehrtens aboard, is thought to be at the bottom of Lake Sumner, about 140km northwest of Christchurch.

Police believe they know where the aircraft is, after debris and an oil slick was found, but the lake is 125 metres deep in the area - out of the reach of divers.

The pilot is presumed to have died.


Rangiora 6Jan2011

Revision history:

21-May-2012 00:58 gerard57 Added
21-May-2012 04:11 Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
22-May-2012 02:33 flyernzl Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator]
23-May-2012 08:43 gerard57 Updated [Damage, Narrative]
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