Accident Hughes 369D ZK-HOJ,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216371
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Date:Thursday 18 October 2018
Time:c. 11:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hughes 369D
Owner/operator:Helilink Ltd, opf Department of Conservation
Registration: ZK-HOJ
MSN: 49-0491D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Wanaka, Otago -   New Zealand
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Wanaka
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: TAIC
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The aircraft impacted open field terrain in the vicinity of Wanaka Airport (NZWF), in Otago, South Island. The helicopter was partially consumed by the post-impact fire. The tail section was found more than 100mts away from the charred wreckage. The 3 occupants onboard received fatal injuries.

Early witness reports suggest clothing may have fallen from the aircraft into the tail rotor.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC
Report number: 
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report



Revision history:

18-Oct-2018 01:48 Geno Added
18-Oct-2018 02:00 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Nature, Source, Narrative]
18-Oct-2018 02:02 Geno Updated [Operator]
18-Oct-2018 05:36 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Embed code]
18-Oct-2018 06:53 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Embed code]
18-Oct-2018 10:15 Iceman 29 Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Embed code]
19-Oct-2018 10:15 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
01-Nov-2018 05:17 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
13-Nov-2018 18:36 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
14-Nov-2018 07:49 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Feb-2022 22:53 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
01-May-2022 08:48 Ron Averes Updated [Operator]
30-May-2023 12:54 Ron Averes Updated [[Operator]]
07-Nov-2023 13:24 Anon. Updated [Accident report]

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