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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46412
Last updated: 12 September 2019
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Date:03-JAN-2004
Time:08:49
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 369HS
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: ZK-HNW
C/n / msn: 1030531S
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nr Humboldt Creek, Humboldt Mts, Otago -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The helicopter was on a private tour of the South Island. After leaving Queenstown, bad weather meant that they spent the night at the Howden Hut on the Routeburn Track. They left the following morning, again in bad weather, and got to 8,500 feet over Lake Adelaide, about 10 nautical miles from Milford. They had a moving-map GPS, and the pilot communicated with Milford Flight Service about carrying out a GPS letdown into Milford Sound. The aircraft made no further contact.
The wreckage of the helicopter was found in November 2012.

On Wednesday, 21st November, the wreckage of the missing aircraft was sighted, purely by chance, by the pilot of a tourist helicopter. The remains of the occupants were found at the crash site.

Sources:

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/helicopter-wreckage-confirmed-2004-crash-5231311
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10849356


Images:


Tauranga 2003

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
22-Nov-2012 00:40 flyernzl Updated [Source, Narrative]
22-Nov-2012 00:40 flyernzl Updated [[Source, Narrative]]
22-Nov-2012 01:08 gerard57 Updated [Operator, Phase, Source, Narrative]
22-Nov-2012 11:26 angels one five Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
12-Sep-2019 08:09 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn]

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