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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 221917
Last updated: 14 February 2020
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Date:17-FEB-2019
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350BA
Owner/operator:Reid Helicopters Nelson Ltd.
Registration: ZK-HEX
C/n / msn: 1654
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Eves Valley, Nelson, Tasman -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The helicopter crashed while battling a wild fire. The pilot sustained minor injuries.

According to TAIC: "The circumstances reported to date are that the... helicopter was operating with a monsoon bucket over the Pigeon Valley area near Nelson. Something caused the pilot to conduct an emergency landing. The helicopter landed heavily and the sole pilot received moderate injuries. The nature of damage to the helicopter is yet to be established".

A preliminary report issued by the NZ Helicopter Association and CAA said their was a sudden yaw to the left followed by one to the right and a pitch up. The pilot immediately jettisoned the monsoon bucket, and made a forced landing. Their investigation found the most likely scenario was that the top ring through which the monsoon bucket was attached to the helicopter, partially collapsed.

The TAIC report is awaited.

Sources:

www.radionz.co.nz
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-helicopter-crash-%E2%80%93-eves-valley-nelson
https://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/110663270/nelson-helicopter-pilot-bill-reid-recovering-after-hard-landing-near-nelson
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12204785
https://taic.org.nz/news/taic-opens-inquiry-accident-near-nelson-involving-firefighting-helicopter
https://www.bea.aero/les-enquetes/les-evenements-notifies/detail/event/accident-de-lairbus-as350-immatricule-zk-hex-survenu-le-17022019-pres-de-wakefield-enquete-menee/
https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/405591/report-reveals-why-helicopter-pilot-fighting-fires-lost-control
https://www.aia.org.nz/site/aianz/NZ%20Helicopter%20Safety%20Update%20September%202019.pdf (p4)


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Feb-2019 07:00 gerard57 Added
17-Feb-2019 07:53 gerard57 Updated [Source]
17-Feb-2019 07:58 Anon. Updated [Location]
17-Feb-2019 14:15 Iceman 29 Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
18-Feb-2019 15:53 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
18-Feb-2019 15:54 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
18-Feb-2019 20:35 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
22-Feb-2019 15:31 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
22-Feb-2019 15:32 RobertMB Updated [Operator]
16-Dec-2019 20:51 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Dec-2019 20:55 Aerossurance Updated [Source]

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