ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46263
Last updated: 3 September 2015
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Narrative:At approximately 05:30 hours on 14 January 2002, the pilot and his shooter took off in ZK-HEZ from the pilotís property at Paringa. Their intention was to hunt deer in the Mahitahi and Cook Rivers area. A ground crewman drove to the Highway 6 bridge over the Cook River to rendezvous with the helicopter, clean the deer carcasses and deliver them to a chiller located nearby.
Robinson R22 Beta
|C/n / msn:|| 0539|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Balfour Range, 9 km south of Fox Glacier -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Paringa, NZ|
At approximately 09:30 hours the pilot arrived alone at the Cook River Bridge with an underslung load of deer. After dropping the load off and landing the crewman refuelled the helicopter with approximately 20 litres of fuel. The crewman recalled that the pilot said they had not shot any more animals at that time, and left at approximately 10:00 hours to continue hunting. The crewman cleaned up the deer and awaited the return of the helicopter, which he expected within about half an hour. When the pilot had not returned by 12:15 hours the Police were contacted. The Rescue Coordination Centre was notified a short time later, and an aerial search, eventually involving four helicopters, was organised. The wreckage of a Robinson R22 was located at about 16:00 hours.
The helicopter was being operated in conditions that left little or no performance margin available to the pilot. Although no definite cause for the accident could be established, that lack of available performance at an elevation of approximately 4500 feet is considered to be the most likely initiating factor.
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]|
||Updated [Source, Narrative]|
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