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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59487
Last updated: 21 February 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350D
Owner/operator:Glacier Helicopters
Registration: ZK-HEA
C/n / msn: 1950
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Fox Glacier valley -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Fox Glacier
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Cessna 185C Skiplane ZK-CVG, on a positioning flight from Mount Cook to Fox Glacier, and Aérospatiale AS 350D helicopter ZK-HEA, carrying six tourists on a local scenic flight from Fox Glacier, collided mid-air over the Fox Glacier valley at about 2,500 feet.

A wing of the airplane became embedded in the nose cone of the helicopter, rending to the anti-torque pedals inoperable, tearing the pilot's side doors, and damaging the directional controls. The airplane descended out of control and crashed into the riverbed, killing the pilot. The helicopter pilot, Stephen Robert Gibb, suffering a shattered right foot, successfully made an emergency landing, and was later awarded the New Zealand Bravery Medal in 1999.


1. TAIC Investigation 92-011
2. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - Special Honours List 1999

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


27 June 1992. Fox Glacier

Revision history:

10-Apr-2009 23:31 XLerate Added
13-Apr-2009 00:11 XLerate Updated
20-Oct-2012 09:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Phase, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
08-Aug-2015 07:08 Anon. Updated [Photo, ]
08-Aug-2015 07:09 harro Updated [Operator, Embed code]
08-Aug-2015 07:11 harro Updated [Operator]

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