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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59474
Last updated: 24 September 2021
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Time:c. 5pm
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 369HS
Owner/operator:Alpine Adventures
Registration: ZK-HXA
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Fox Glacier, Westland -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Fox Glacier
Destination airport:Fox Glacier
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
The helicopter lost power during a scenic flight, the pilot made an auto rotational descent onto the glacier. The impact killed two passengers, and seriously injured the pilot and two other passengers. The survivors spent the night in the wreckage, before rescuers arrived shortly after 8:30 am the next morning. The investigators could not rule out an engine malfunction or a severe downflow of air over the glacier.


1. TAIC Investigation 89-047
2. King, John (1995). Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. pp. 103-105. ISBN 1 86934 042 6.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

09-Apr-2009 23:45 XLerate Added
18-May-2009 02:55 XLerate Updated
24-Sep-2021 12:22 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]

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