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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216371
Last updated: 20 June 2019
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Date:18-OCT-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:Department of Conservation/Helilink
Registration: ZK-HOJ
C/n / msn: 490491D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Wanaka (WKA) -   New Zealand
Phase: Take off
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:Wanaka
Destination airport:
Narrative:
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.

Sources:

https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/wanaka/fatal-helicopter-crash-near-wanaka-airport
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12144547
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/107935200/Suspected-helicopter-crash-near-Wanaka-airport
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/368914/three-killed-in-helicopter-crash-near-wanaka-airport
https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/10/bodies-of-wanaka-helicopter-crash-victims-recovered.html
https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/fatal-wanaka-crash-theory-clothing-possibly-caught-on-rotor/
https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/wanaka/loose-items-helicopters-can-be-deadly-caa
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https://taic.org.nz/news/taic-update-1-ao-2018-009-taic-inquiry-crash-helicopter-near-wanaka-airport


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
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]

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