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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 355F-1
Owner/operator:New Zealand Police
Registration: ZK-HIT
MSN: 5176
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Auckland Central, Auckland -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:NZMB
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
On 26 November 1993, the New Zealand Police helicopter Eagle collided mid-air with a Piper Cherokee traffic-spotting plane. The accident killed all three helicopter occupants, including Sergeant Lindsay Eion Grant "Lou" Grant (39) and Constable Alastair Alan Sampson (27), and the sole occupant of the plane. Debris fell over a wide area including Symonds Street, Karangahape Road, Queen Street and the Auckland Southern Motorway; one motorist received moderate facial burns. The southbound plane struck the westbound helicopter at a low altitude, possibly around 150m, under VFR. Witnesses thought the plane veered sharply at the last second, and seeing a wing sheer off after impact. The accident happened during peak traffic while commuters were travelling home on Friday evening, and quickly resulted in gridlock, delaying emergency services.


1. Investigation 93-020. Transport Accident Investigation Commission
2. Last message of Eagle boss. North Shore Times Advertiser. 30 November 1993; pp. 1,3
3. Death plane's close call with helicopter. New Zealand Herald. 10 February 2006
4. Four killed in mid-air collision. Otago Daily Times. 27 November 1993 pages 1,2
5. Our history. Auckland Operational Support


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

Safety recommendation 073/94 issued 20 September 1994 by TAIC to CAA NZ

Revision history:

21-Oct-2008 01:13 XLerate Added
05-May-2009 03:27 XLerate Updated
31-Oct-2011 13:27 Anon. Updated [Source]
17-Aug-2014 06:17 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
18-Feb-2022 10:14 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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