Incident Aérospatiale AS 350B Ecureuil ZK-HQA,
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Date:Saturday 21 February 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aérospatiale AS 350B Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Helicopters (NZ) Ltd
Registration: ZK-HQA
MSN: 1139
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Whakaki, Hawke's Bay -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
Helicopter being used for aerial ignition in scrub burning operations, using an underslung burner. Apparently the burner malfunctioned, setting fire to the helicopter. Efforts to put out the fire afer a forced landing were unsuccessful. Whakaki, near Wairoa.
Pilot A Shaw. Registration cancelled 4.4.1981


Aviation Historical Society of New Zealand Newsletter 1981 No3, and Register Review No17 - August 1981.

Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
26-Jun-2014 19:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
11-May-2018 19:06 Ron Averes Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
16-Feb-2022 07:49 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]
01-Mar-2022 08:21 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type]

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