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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69266
Last updated: 29 June 2020
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Date:11-DEC-2006
Time:17:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Kawasaki-Hughes 369HS
Owner/operator:Helistar Helicopters
Registration: ZK-HDJ
C/n / msn: 6638
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Mount Ruapehu -   New Zealand
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Crater Lake
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Narrative:
The pilot could not climb the helicopter above the surrounding terrain, so he descended towards the lake to accelerate the helicopter towards its best-angle-of-climb speed. The helicopter hit the lake surface and came to rest on the shore of the lake. All POB injured.

Sources:

http://www.caa.govt.nz/Script/Accident_Details.asp?Oc=06/4608
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/pilot-admits-mistake-over-crater-lake-crash
https://taic.org.nz/inquiries?SkinSrc=[G]skins%2ftaicAviation%2fskin_aviation

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 034/08 issued 18 December 2008 by TAIC to CAA NZ
Safety recommendation 035/08 issued 18 December 2008 by TAIC to CAA NZ
Safety recommendation 036/08 issued 18 December 2008 by TAIC to CAA NZ
Safety recommendation 037/08 issued 18 December 2008 by TAIC to CAA NZ

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Oct-2009 02:15 RobertMB Added
16-Aug-2014 15:34 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-May-2018 00:48 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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