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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58748
Last updated: 23 August 2021
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Time:c. 12:30pm
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger II
Owner/operator:Capital Helicopters Ltd
Registration: ZK-HKF
MSN: 1994
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tawa, Wellington -   New Zealand
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:NZWN
Destination airport:NZWN
The helicopter drifted into high tension wires and crashed while assisting police in the pursuit of an escaped prisoner. The main rotor cut the wire, part of the cable wrapped itself around the tail of the helicopter, and both rotor blades broke off. Peter Button, a distinguished rescue pilot and pioneer air ambulance operator in NZ and his two passengers died in the accident.


1. NZ Serials and Press reports.
2. 'There goes Grandpa', The Dominion Post. Archive at WebCite
4. King, John (1995). "Wire Strike". Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. pp. 173-175. ISBN 1 86934 042 6.

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

17 Mar 1977 ZK-HKF Capital Helicopters Ltd 0 Paraparaumu unk

Revision history:

18-Feb-2009 08:37 angels one five Added
01-May-2009 06:43 XLerate Updated
20-May-2018 05:07 Ron Averes Updated [Operator, Location]

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