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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 77728
Last updated: 9 August 2020
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Time:c. 16:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 500D (369D)
Registration: ZK-HOQ
C/n / msn: 700709D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sea near Milford Sound, Fiordland -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Haast
Destination airport:Haast
The Hughes 500 was returning to its base in Haast after carrying out a survey of wild deer when the engine failed.

On the way South a couple of landings were carried out, with two jerry cans being emptied into the helicopter on one of them. On the return trip from Bligh Sound the helicopter suffered an engine failure. The pilot executed an autorotation and ditched as close to the shore as possible. On contacting the water the pilot exited the aircraft and swam to a nearby rock. The aircraft quickly sank and was completely destroyed overnight due to wave action. The pilot was rescued two hours after the accident by a passing fishing boat. He sustained no injuries. Due to damage, complete testing could not be carried out on critical engine parts.



Ardmore 6 March 1981, when new

Revision history:

09-Sep-2010 22:03 angels one five Added
09-Sep-2010 22:07 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
12-Sep-2010 02:24 flyernzl Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator]
13-Sep-2010 03:31 flyernzl Updated [[Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator]]
03-Jun-2019 21:16 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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