ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 78581
Last updated: 25 April 2017
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Narrative:The pilot of a light helicopter suffered back injuries in the forced landing of his aircraft at a location between the Kaituna Valley and McQueens Pass, near Mount Herbert, in the Banks Peninsula. The Robinson came down on a track among trees on a ridge as the result of a mechanical failure. It was reported that the helicopter had a belt drive failure, landing heavily on a forestry track. The aircraft was written off.
Robinson R22 Beta
|Owner/operator:||Mountain View Helicopters|
|C/n / msn:|| 4049|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Substantial|
|Location:||Kaituna Valley, near Mount Herbert, Banks Peninsula. -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Canterbury, New Zealand|
The crash site was located about an hour later and the pilot, the sole occupant, was airlifted to hospital. According to a contemporary press report (see link #3):
"Helicopter crashes in Canterbury
A man suffered back injuries after crash-landing his helicopter on the Banks Peninsula this morning. Emergency services were notified of the crash between the Kaituna Valley and McQueens Pass, near Mount Herbert, about 8am today.
Simon Duncan, general manager of Garden City Helicopters, which operates the Westpac rescue helicopter service, said the pilot was the sole occupant of the privately-owned Robinson R22 helicopter. "The helicopter has gone in quite hard," he said. "He thinks it's been a mechanical failure and he had to try and pick a spot to land and put it down in an emergency landing."
The Westpac rescue helicopter located the crash site at 8.57am. "He sufferered back injuries but there is no loss of spinal feeling," Mr Duncan said. "He had to be stretcher-winched out as he was unable to move."
St John ambulance medics attended to the man and he was taken to Christchurch Hospital. Mr Duncan said the man, an experienced pilot, spoke to another helicopter pilot on his cellphone after he realised his helicopter was having mechanical problems. He had reported his drive belt had "let go, and he had to auto-rotate", Mr Duncan said.
The pilot was asked to activate his emergency beacon to assist rescuers, but the beacon was "smashed beyond repair" in the crash. Mr Duncan said the pilot was lucky to land the craft where he did considering the rough terrain."
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