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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 62119
Last updated: 14 November 2021
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Date:26-NOV-1973
Time:16:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic B47G model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 47G-3B-2
Owner/operator:Whirl-Wide Helicopters Ltd
Registration: ZK-HDU
MSN: 6786
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Oxford Forest, Canterbury -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Engaged in fire fighting at nearby Oxford Forest. Helicopter had taken off when the monsoon bucket hit a nearby fence. This caused the machine to pitch forwards to such an extent that the main rotor blades severed the tail boom. The machine then hit the ground and caught fire. Monsoon bucket operator Wayne Brian Randall died in the crash, pilot Murray Ronald George Smith died in hospital two days later. Mechanical failure could not be ruled out as a cause. First fatal accident involving aircraft at a vegetation fire in New Zealand. Accident location described as Little Malaya, Oxford.

Sources:

http://archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewEntity.do?code=7333
New Zealand Wings, September 1974
NZ MOT OAAI Aircraft Accident Report No 73-142


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
04-Jun-2014 19:22 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Other fatalities, Damage, Narrative]
10-May-2018 06:19 Ron Averes Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
18-May-2018 00:14 Ron Averes Updated [Operator]
27-May-2018 06:54 Ron Averes Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2018 05:36 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
21-Jul-2020 00:56 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type]
02-Oct-2021 19:03 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]

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