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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139230
Last updated: 8 July 2021
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Date:02-OCT-2011
Time:12:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Raven
Owner/operator:Western Pacific Helicopters Ltd.
Registration: ZK-HLL
MSN: 1081
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:In the Pacific Ocean 155nm off Tokelau, north of Samoa -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: Approach
Nature:SU
Departure airport:Tuna boat
Destination airport:Tuna boat
Narrative:
The helicopter was being used as an observation platform for a tuna fishing operation.
Whilst returning to the vessel having reported governor problems, the helicopter descended towards the sea, for an apparent intended ditching, impacting on the surface and rapidly sank less than 0.5nm from tuna boat.

The pilot was recovered unconscious and died. He had received a head injury. The passenger was rescued (it was his 4th ditching!).

It was not possible to confirm a governor fault though NZCAA note that card icing was a possibility.

The R44 was equipped with emergency floats. These were not deployed. Due to ZK-HLL being unrecoverable, it was not possible to establish whether the pilot had armed or attempted to activate the floats.

The operator did not hold any form of organisation certification, such as an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) that would authorise the carriage of passengers for hire or reward. The practise of fish spotting by aircraft in New Zealand waters is not specifically identified as requiring an AOC (unless the operation involves carriage of a passenger and it is done for hire or reward).

The pilot was not properly licenced for the operation being conducted.

Sources:

https://nz.news.yahoo.com/caa-investigates-chopper-crash-off-samoa-10450091.html
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10758347

http://www.caa.govt.nz/Accidents_and_Incidents/Accident_Reports/ZK-HLL_Fatal.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Oct-2011 06:00 RobertMB Added
14-Oct-2011 06:19 RobertMB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Country, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Plane category, ]
16-Aug-2014 11:14 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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