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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 61068
Last updated: 17 July 2018
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Date:21-FEB-1981
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350
Owner/operator:Helicopters (NZ) Ltd
Registration: ZK-HQA
C/n / msn: 1139
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Whakaki, Wairoa -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Helicopter being used for aerial ignition in scrub burning operations, using an underslung burner. Apparently the burner malfunctioned, setting fire to the helicopter. Efforts to put out the fire afer a forced landing were unsuccessful.
Pilot A Shaw. Registration cancelled 4.4.1981

Sources:

1. http://archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewEntity.do?code=7333
2. http://www.flydw.org.uk/DWZKHQU.htm
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://coptercrazy.brinkster.net/search/se350show.asp?start=101&count=50]
Aviation Historical Society of New Zealand Newsletter 1981 No3, and Register Review No17 - August 1981.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
26-Jun-2014 19:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
11-May-2018 19:06 Ron Averes Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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