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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 83443
Last updated: 21 November 2017
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Date:07-MAY-1957
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B47G model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 47G-1
Owner/operator:James Aviation
Registration: ZK-HAC
C/n / msn: 1511
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Motu River gorge, Bay of Plenty -   New Zealand
Phase: Landing
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Motu River gorge
Narrative:
Pilot R J "Bob" Scott was transporting two Ministry of Works Power Project engineers, A. Benham and R. Alley, to survey a potential site for a hydro-electric power dam. Bob landed the helicopter on a convenient beach above the Whahunga Stream, but one skid was on rock and the other on sand. As the rotor wound down the skid sank into the sand and the rotor hit a rock. On the 17th a salvage team of four led by Max Danvers managed to salvage some of the instruments, but two days later a flash flood swept the Bell away. (date also reported as 8.6.1957)

Sources:

New Zealand Rotary Wings by Janic Geelen and Ross Macpherson, Aug 1995, pp. 9-10.
http://archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewEntity.do?code=7333


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Dec-2010 03:35 Simdad Added
10-Apr-2013 15:01 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Narrative]
10-Apr-2013 15:08 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]

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