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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 87943
Last updated: 5 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 369HS
Owner/operator:Heli-Track Ltd
Registration: ZK-HUA
C/n / msn: 111-0348S
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Waioeka River, south of Opotiki -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Registered owner of helicopter was Farm Helicopters Ltd.
Helicopter reported missing on 14 Mar 1986 while out on deer hunting operations. Helicopter had hit a tree, resulting in the tail assembly failing. Wreckage found next day, 40km south of Opotiki near Koaunui Hut (upper reaches of Waioeka River catchment). Pilot and shooter both dead, helicopter destroyed.
Accident/incident investigated by TAIC NZ. Pilot: Bernard Arapita McDonnell.

Aviation Historical Society of New Zealand: Aerolog Vol 1 No 2, 1986.
NZ OAAI Accident Report No 86-030.

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Revision history:

11-Jan-2011 14:00 ASN archive
18-May-2018 20:15 Ron Averes Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
18-May-2018 20:16 Ron Averes Updated [Narrative]
27-May-2018 06:38 Ron Averes Updated [Operator, Phase, Source, Narrative]

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