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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 168831
Last updated: 19 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aerospatiale AS350B
Owner/operator:Helicopters (NZ) Ltd
Registration: ZK-HDQ
MSN: 1932
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Coronet Peak, Queenstown -   New Zealand
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Coronet Peak, Queenstown
Destination airport:Coronet Peak, Queenstown
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
After boarding six passengers for a river rafting trip the pilot lifted off the hillside helipad. While commencing to move forward he allowed main rotor torque to turn the helicopter to the left but found that full right pedal was insufficient to stop the rotation to the left. An attempt to achieve forward speed by use of the cyclic control was unsuccessful and after about four rotations the helicopter collided with the hillside, rolled over rearwards and came to rest inverted. Four of the passengers sustained minor injury.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

17-Aug-2014 16:16 Aerossurance Added
17-Feb-2015 12:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code]

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